EDISON — The Wardlaw-Hartridge School received an early Christmas gift and a boost to its new Global Studies Partners Project when Lightpath, a division of Cablevision Systems Corporation, presented a $10,000 grant on Dec. 12. The funding is part of the Lightpath Transforming Education with Technology initiative supporting New Jersey schools.
Marc Spivak, Director of Technology at W-H, accepted the check on behalf of the school from David Bourhill, strategic account executive from Lightpath, in the AP Room during Lower School lunch. Others in attendance who spoke at the podium included Edison Mayor Antonia Ricigliano, Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan and Head of School Andrew Webster.
“I’m delighted to be at Wardlaw-Hartridge to see the school receive a grant which puts students in contact with the rest of the world,” Ricigliano said. “It really adds to their education and broadens their horizons. This brings the world closer and helps our students become world leaders.”
Lightpath works extensively with schools throughout New Jersey and the New York Metropolitan Area to deliver Ethernet-based communication services that transform classroom education. For the past few years, Lightpath has awarded grants to help schools fund technology projects.
“Technology is becoming more and more important in today’s schools,” Bourhill said. “This provides students with the tools that makes technology more hands-on. It enhances the educational experience.”
The grant will enhance Lower School technology and the school’s global focus in its new Global Studies Partners Program. Students will use the Blackboard Collaborate program to participate in interactive classroom projects with a partner school in a foreign country. They will discuss issues that affect both cultures and develop one-on-one relationships using face time on iPads.
“We have a strong global focus in our curriculum and this gives our students an opportunity to connect with schools abroad,” Webster said. “This is a great skill for students to learn at an early age. A grant like this helps us connect with students abroad and expands the horizons of our students tremendously.”
“Diversity is one of our core values and this project will allow students to connect in a very personal way with a student in another culture to discuss issues affecting both of them,” Spivak added.
Front row: Second grade students Amelia Wolfe of Edison, Vineeth Reddy of Edison, Thomas Marsh of Plainfield, Annie Gu of Edison Second row: Kelly Cannizzo (second grade teacher), second grade students Varleine Coq of Woodbridge, Jamei Schenck of Somerset, Aydin Aziz of Mountainside, Rohan Batra of Edison, Mayor Ricigliano, Dr. Jerry Ganis (Lower School Head) Back row: Andrew Webster (Head of School), Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, Marc Spivak (Director of Technology), David Bourhill (Lightpath), Don Viapree (Cablevision) (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)
Front row: Marc Spivak (Director of Technology), second grade students Sania Shahane of Piscataway, Kapriana Payami of Scotch Plains, Nicholas Vargas of Dunellen, Simya Taylor of Linden Middle row: Second grade students Jayne Ritter of Westfield, Kaili Doctor of Plainfield, Matthew Faust of Westfield, Jack Silver of Rahway, Mayor Ricigliano, Dr. Jerry Ganis (Lower School Head)Back row: Andrew Webster (Head of School), Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, Donna Pedde (second grade teacher), David Bourhill (Lightpath), Don Viapree (Cablevision) (Photo courtesy of Wardlaw-Hartridge School)
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