Picture Perfect

Three time NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education grant recipient Peggy Campbell-Rush has created another innovative project for students at the Union Township Elementary School (Hunterdon County). In partnership with fellow educator Jennifer Wyckoff, they have received a $2,060 grant from the Hipp Foundation to fund a yearlong effort to communicate with parents and gain their support for the school and the curriculum from the earliest educational experience.

Based on the adage that "a picture is worth a thousand words," Picture Perfect will include photos of children involved in every aspect of the kindergarten curriculum and will be used to provide parents with a clear picture of the school.

"Big books," comprised of photos and activities, will be sent home to parents each night. Highlighted activities will center on craft projects that teach the concepts included in a North American Indian unit, understanding math manipulatives, writing, and reading.

Parental involvement will be encouraged through the inclusion of a "parent comment page" each time the book is sent home and through a follow-up poll upon completion of the project.

Both the PTA and the school's Education Foundation have pledged additional funding in support of this project.

For more information about this project, contact:

Peggy Campbell-Rush
(908) 689-8455