Wantage School (Sussex County) counselor Nancy L. Moody, along with teachers Jean Ann Jaeger, Paula Russell, Candy Blazier, Kelly Kistler, Allen Terwilliger, Robert Coates, as well as retired teachers Dolores Polyi and Despena Eptamenitis together will implement the project, If Halls Could Talk using a $6,300 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education. The project will commemorate the history of the elementary school which will celebrate its 70th birthday on Sept. 27, 2007.
The groundwork, which includes collecting historical items and interviewing retired staff and community members, has already begun. Students will continue to interview community members and retired staff, which will encourage intergenerational interaction. Students will also edit printed materials, format the text, and design illustrations and a cover for the book.
The materials will be stored on CD and/or DVD for the school library and community library.
The final segment will entail making several copies of the project available to the community. The goal is to distribute the knowledge collected as widely as possible through books, CDs, and DVDs. Students will share what they learned from participating in the project by writing about their experiences. The community will be invited to respond to the project via school district newsletter and district website.
For further information, contact:
Nancy L. Moody
School: (973) 875-6121
Home: (973) 492-0826