Events That Shaped America On Display
It was like stepping back in time at the Cultural Awareness Fair Open House in Highland School. The "Events that Shaped Our Nation" fair was put together by the Midland Park Elementary Parent-Teacher Association, transformed the elementary school gym into five time periods that influenced our culture — The Industrial Revolution, The Turn of the Century, The Great Depression, WWII and The Cold War — for an educational experience children (and parents) will not forget. This is the fifth year the elementary school parents have put on the Cultural Awareness Week.
"Teams of parents have been building sets, finding props and developing lesson plans to teach the children. Many, many hours are put in over several months," explained Julie Guciardo, who co-chairs the event with Lena Padovano. "Planning started over the summer and building plans started months ago. As you know, we are a school district with a very modest budget. This is an incredible educational experience funded by our PTA and parents."
The Monday night open house is an opportunity for parents, families and friends to see firsthand the lessons students will be learning during the week. During the school day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, classes will take turns visiting the sections for a hands-on learning experience of more than a century of American history.
Cultural Awareness Week began at the Junior-Senior High School. This year's high school events include a class trip to Wall Street and the 9/11 Memorial, a Chinese food luncheon and assemblies on Nutrition, Recycling, Climate Education, Water Shed, Green Farmer, Sierra Club and a 17 foot Inflatable Earth Balloon.