OUR TRIP TO THE MEADWLANDS
Archaeology is the study of artifacts. Our tour guide showed us a slideshow of what the Meadowlands was like 200 years ago. Then he gave us an activity to do on past and present technology. We had to describe what they were, how they look now, are now and what they are used for. He also told us about the animals and plants that lived there and still live here today.
After the slideshow, we went outside and did something that was a lot of fun. We went to a dig site and dug up some items that the staff members buried in the dirt. Each of us got digging gloves and digging tools. It was a dirty activity, but it was a lot of fun. We found a flowerpot, a bottle cap, some tin foil, and a garden gnome hat. This activity made us feel like real archaeologists. What an amazing trip that was! We want to go back there again.
Written by Visions Science Students AN, SL, CS, DD
The Springboard Class at the Transition Center at Wood-Ridge is a class to be proud of.
The students have amassed many accomplishments this year. I am continually amazed by the work they do on their internships at VanSaun Park and Camp YawPaw. At these sites they rake, sweep, weed, and clean the grounds. They have also taken on the responsibility of washing school shirts at the local laundry and doing weekly shopping for the school at Stop and Shop. They manage the recycling program and do custodial duties around the school. There is never a shortage of work, which we gladly accept.
We also have a number of students who are off on individual internships and paid employment. We currently have students who are working at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Applebee’s. Springboard students are given lessons on job survival skills and safety, which helps them on the job.
Since many of the students will be graduating from this class, special activities are planned throughout the year. Our most recent trip for the seniors was with the Circle Line in New York, where we toured New York harbor. It was truly a very special day. A hike accompanied by marshmallows and weenie roasting also provided a great social activity for the Springboard class. Seniors can also look forward to the Senior Luncheon and Prom scheduled for June.