RAHWAY — Exciting experiences awaited 23 young people whose parents are employed on the staff of Rahway High School during Bring Your Child to Work Day Events. Staff members teamed together to expand the program offered beyond spending time in classes or offices where the parent worked.
Teacher Diane Pescatore and Social Worker Eryn Latorra coordinated all activities, recruited teachers, and accompanied the children along with Paraprofessional Yamira Burnjeko. Math teacher Tammy Taggart taught students to create tangrams, mathematical puzzles. In the computer lab, teacher Maryjane Finne helped the students considered their future plans by utilizing an online dream calculator. She also taught them how to use Microsoft Photostory, enabling each to create and bring home a personal DVD recording the day’s events. One student included a photo she labeled “My New Best Friend.”
Diane Pescatore created a science experiment utilizing Skittles candy, quite popular since the children were allowed to eat the results (Skittles) at the end of the lab. Fred Stueber led the group in physical activities in his role as a gym teacher. History teacher and lawyer, Clifford Herrington taught them about “The Art of Cross Examination” using popular movie, My Cousin Vinny. When students stopped by school nurse, Charlene Lesinski gave them a chance to pick out small gifts like necklaces and robots.
Administrators were accessible to the children. Principal John Farinella met with the children while they were working on their videos in the computer lab and they told him about their day. Vice Principal Chey Rivera invited them to her office and spoke to them about the importance of education. She showed them the prom dresses that a student organization, Young Women Leaders, had collected for a fashion show and resale to students that will take place soon. Superintendent Edward Yergalonis dropped in during lunch as did Vice Principal Cantagallo. Students were treated to a pizza lunch by the school administrators.
Many staff members were enthusiastic at the end of the day about what had taken place. Gym teachers Maria Hennessy and Ricky Ortega and chemistry teacher Janet Tuohy both have already volunteered for next year to create activities for the children.
Both children and their parents gave rave reviews to the event and planning that went into it.
Teacher Jeffrey Romano said his daughter wanted to return the next day because it had been so much fun. John Brighouse told his father David that he wished his father taught an afterschool class so they could stay longer, because “this place is awesome.” Elijah and Abigail Rodriguez, Carmen Sierra’s children are already excited about next year, and Gary Mendes’ daughter Zara already has convinced her brother to join her next year.
Vice Principal Mark Cantagallo stops in to enjoy the pizza lunch that he ordered for the children at Rahway High School’s Bring Your Child to School Day with Jessica Perkins (left) and Zara Mendes (right).
Cassaundra and Chaela Stradford in foreground and John Brighouse, Paraprofessional Yamira Burnjeko and Ashley Acevedo watch a presentation on Cross Examination.
Abigail Schmid and Shayna Romano show the type of candy used in the science lab experiment they conducted.
Students visit Vice Principal Chey Rivera’s office, site of prom dresses for the annual Rahway High School Fashion Show and Sale soon to take place. From left, Aubrey Walker, Cassaundra Stradford, Shayna Romano, Abigail Schmid, John Brighouse, Raj Taparia, Secretary Michaela Kallinosis, and Jessica Perkins.
Tammy Taggart helps Abrey Winters create a tangram. Also shown from left, Ashley Acevedo, Cassaundra Stradford, Abigail Rodriguez, and Chaela Stradford.
Zara Mendes, Joey Ortega, Raja Taparia and Jessica Perkins visit the school gym for some basketball.
(Photos courtesy of Rahway High School)
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