ROSELLE – On Thursday, Oct. 11, 50 Abraham Clark High School (ACHS) students were treated to a visit by representatives of the New Jersey Education Association’s (NJEA) Emmy award winning show, “Classroom Close Up New Jersey.”
The visit, sponsored by Elizabethtown Gas Company, was set up by Director of Special Programs Diana Lobozzo and provided students the opportunity to interact with their peers under a myriad of situations they will encounter once they leave ACHS.
“Students, more than ever, must be prepared for a life outside of the classroom,” Lobozzo said. “It is our duty to equip today’s youth with tools that will benefit them as they transition from students to productive members of society.”
Lobozzo is trying to do just that. Her mantra of preparing students for college, work, and life directly coincides with the Roselle’s visions of excellence.
Throughout the morning, students took part in three engaging workshops testing their wits with games teaching personal finance, hiring and interview practices, and college admission requirements.
“The kids were very engaged during the games,” ACHS Literacy Coach Victoria Lih said. “The real world waits for no one and I think they realize that.”
Each game challenged students to make tough choices, forcing them to outweigh the pros and cons of their decisions.
For example, the Budgeteering game aimed to teach students the importance of being financially literate. Aside from learning how advanced education plays a significant role in financial success, students were given cards with numbers reflecting career earnings, numbers of years in college, and student loan debt. From there, students went through a series of decisions as to how they would pay their bills and manage their money.
Other games included Avatar University, a college admissions criteria game and the Hiring game, in which students were asked to name a company and devise a hiring process.
“It was hard making these decisions,” ACHS student Ashley Maldonaldo said. “Now I know what my parents go through.”