BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Mountain Park students raised $700 for The Rainforest Trust – Kids 4 Rainforests Organization. For every $100 raised, an acre is saved forever. The students had learned about the people, animals, plants, and especially the importance of the rain forest in Mariann Tierney’s classes as part of a rain forest unit she developed and integrated into the elementary Spanish curriculum.
The students are greatly concerned about rain forest destruction and worked hard to raise money to help protect it by selling handmade rain forest animal rock creations and unique spinning tops made from recycled CDs and plastic bottle caps which they collected. The Mountain Park Student Council also participated by hanging posters, selling bookmarks, and collecting donations in classrooms.
Students were treated to a cultural and musical experience in April as part of a PTO cultural arts program in conjunction with the elementary Spanish program. Andes Manta, a group of four brothers who are professional musicians from Quito, Ecuador, performed the vibrant music of the Andes Mountains and mesmerized the students with songs played on their own hand-made instruments that often imitated sounds of the wind, rain, thunder, and birds of the Amazon rain forest.
After the assembly, all fourth graders received kits and participated in a workshop to make their own pallas, or panpipes, thanks to a grant from the BHEF awarded to “Señora” Mariann Tierney.
Under the direction of the musicians, students were taught to assemble the panpipes and then perform a traditional Andean song together.