Pohatcong School (Warren County) special education teacher Abby LaBar received a $3,025 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education to fund, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, a project designed to spark students’ interest in writing while working on basic writing skills through the use of digital cameras. Pictures will serve as springboards for writing.
At Back to School Night, parents of students in the program will attend an informal meeting about the program.
Students in grades 5-8 who receive English/writing instruction in the resource room will work with a local camera expert to learn how to use digital cameras.
Students will take a field trip to a local park to take pictures that will serve as the inspiration for writing pieces. Aided by the teacher, students will create a portfolio to organize writing pieces and accompanying photographs. It will include a special section to showcase a final copy of the students’ work.
Parents, community officials, and board of education members will be invited to view a display of photographs and writing pieces at the school. Community members will also be invited to view the students’ work.
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