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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Newark Elementary Students to Meet With Verizon Employees

Written by Eric Kiefer

Students at the George Washington Carver Elementary School in Newark will meet on Thursday, March 19, with 150 Verizon employees, who will visit the school to lead several hands-on activities focused on STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - to engage the students and to teach them the value of creativity, critical thinking and teamwork.

According to a release, the Verizon participants in the day-long volunteer project - organized by Jersey Cares - are members of a group of newly hired college graduates who are part of the Verizon Leadership Development Program. The volunteers will spend time on several revitalization projects at the school, painting STEM-themed murals in the school’s new science room, brightening the school’s blacktop area with line games and enhancing the school’s courtyard by assembling new raised planter beds for the gardening club.

The volunteers will lead a workshop where students can learn about solar energy, create a solar oven out of a pizza box, and assist students with building a robot that vibrates, spins and holds markers to doodle a drawing on its own. The volunteers also will run a “Fit and Fun” workshop to engage students in active games.

The event was organized by Jersey Cares, a Newark-based nonprofit organization, and the Verizon Foundation.

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