Students in the Grade 6 Integrated Language Arts class at the Holy Cross School in Rumson learn rigorous grammar, creative writing, critical thinking, and the joy of reading thought-provoking novels. But students gain more than these important language and reading skills: they gain a world view, an understanding of life outside their safe, comfortable lives in New Jersey.
Teacher Maryjane Gallo shares with them her experiences as a volunteer in Africa with the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB). She tries to illustrate the real, everyday needs people in Tanzania face, and she tries to help them understand that they can affect change in the world, even as children. Eager to help, this year’s sixth graders were also eager to try their hands at a cardboard arcade.
The cardboard arcade requires groups of students to engineer fully-functional arcade games totally out of recycled materials. Twenty groups created twenty games, and each student in the school, Pre K through Grade 8, was invited to play for a fee of fifty cents per game or five dollars for unlimited play. Games included air hockey, foosball, ring toss, and Plinko (of The Price is Right fame), to name a few. The time and creativity that went into each game was evident, and the students enjoyed engaging their peers in the games they had created.
In math classes, sixth graders used probability and estimation to guess how much money they would be able to donate to the Catholic Medical Mission Board in Africa. The following week, they tallied their earnings — which proudly totaled $1,300.
Holy Cross School is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence dedicated to educating the whole child in a God-centered environment. For more information, visit HolyCrossSchoolRumson.org, or call 732-842-0348, ext. 1115.
The 3rd annual Hoboken Wellness Crawl 2019 is returning on April 28th! It’s a city-wide event that involves the essence of a bar crawl, but is devoted to health and wellness. Participants spend the day walking around to local health and wellness brick-and-mortar stops and locales, scoring freebies, working out, and getting consultations with local wellness experts. Last year, the event had almost 1000 attendees and 100 vendors. Tickets go on sale the first week of March.
For more info, check the Crawl’s Instagram page. Health and wellness businesses in the tri-state area are invited to apply to be a vendor. For VIP bag sponsoring opportunities, email hello @ hobokengirl.com.