TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Advertise On TAP »

Today's Events

Taub Foundation Pledges $1M to WPU

March 26, 2015

The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation has made a significant investment in the future of students at William Paterson University by pledging $1 million to establish the Henry Taub Scholars Progr...

Read the Full Story »

Guest Column

Bond referendum is good value for money

To the Editor, There seems to be confusion about how a school bond referendum interfaces with the operating budget upon which Chatham voters opine each year. A referendum is relatively rare,...

Read the Full Story »

Better Than a Field Trip: the Great Falls Becomes Part of School 7's Curriculum

By PATERSONPRESS.COM STAFF

December 4, 2012 at 3:19 PM

 

 

 

PATERSON, NJ – Over the next four years, the current group of fifth-graders at School 7 will have a new classroom – the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park.

As part of partnership between Paterson Public Schools and the National Park Service, that class will experience a curriculum using the Great Falls for place-based lesson plans on art, science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to Park Ranger Ilyse Goldman

The program will involve all grades at School 7, but the primary focus will be the current fifth-graders who would graduate in 2016, the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, officials said.

“The National Park Service is looking forward to a second century of stewardship of America’s special places. But to be successful in the next century we have to begin teaching the values of historic and natural preservation to the next generation of park stewards,” said Darren Boch, park superintendent.

Eventually, the fifth-graders would perform a service project to enhance the visitor experience at the park, officials said.

Boch said he hoped the “adopt-a-class” initiative would become a springboard for other programs between the park service and school district.

School 7 principal JoAnn Cardillo said she “has a strong belief that the National Park Service could offer many educational and job-related opportunities for our students while instilling a sense of pride for the role that their city played in developing the nation.”   

The federal government officially designated the Great Falls as a national park about 13 months ago. The 77-foot-high waterfall is the second largest by volume and width east of the Mississippi River, according to the park service.

But the park designation focuses as much on the area’s historical significance as it does the natural beauty. Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Paterson’s founder, picked the location to harness water power to drive manufacturing and help start America’s Industrial Rvolution.