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The History of Memorial Day and How it Became the Start of Summer

May 24, 2020

Memorial Day, as the name implies, was established to create a day of remembrance to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the U.S. Civil War. Our culture today, however, associates the holiday with the start of summer activities, like barbecues and going to the beach. How did this once somber holiday become the signal of summer? 

After the Civil War ended in the spring of ...

The History of Mother's Day: One Woman's Crusade to Create a National Holiday

Commemorations to honor mothers and motherhood have been happening for centuries and can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans who paid homage to their mother goddesses. Today, tributes to mothers occur all around the world at different times of the year, but the American version of Mother's Day was started in May of 1908 by a woman named Anna Jarvis. 

After her own mother ...

Morristown NJ Private School Fosters Executive Skills in Students From Pre-K through Eighth Grade

MORRISTOWN, NJ -- TAPintoTV visited the Red Oaks School in Morristown, NJ to learn about their Executive Skills Curriculum. Developed in-house by administrators and staff, the faculty shared with us some of the program’s unique features and its long-reaching benefits for students. 

Nelyda Miguel, the Associate Head of School at Red Oaks said, “Every good school will develop ...

Newark High School Principal Talks to Steve Adubato about his Mission to Improve Student Lives

NEW JERSEY--Newark Principal Akbar Cook was recently a guest on One-on-One with Steve Adubato, where he discussed the many innovative programs he has instituted at West Side High School in his mission to improve the lives of his students.

West Side High School is located in Newark’s troubled West Ward, one of the most statistically dangerous areas of the city. The school has suffered the ...

Read Across America with Little City Books, Host of Literary Happenings in Hoboken

HOBOKEN, NJ -- Donna Garban and Kate Jacobs, Co-Owners of Little City Books, an independent bookstore on Bloomfield Street in Hoboken, spoke with TAPintoTV about their support of Read Across America and upcoming events, such as the inaugural Hoboken Literary Weekend in April.

Read Across America, an annual celebration of reading for children created by the National Education Association, ...

Explore Black History Every Month of the Year at Montclair’s Crane House and Historic YWCA

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently visited the Montclair History Center and took a tour of the Crane House and Historic YWCA. The building dates from 1796, when Israel Crane built it as his family home, and in 1920, it was purchased by the local YWCA as a boarding house and cultural hub for African-American women.

Today, the Montclair History Center tells the stories of all the people who ...

New Jersey Governor Signs Bill Approving LGBT-Inclusive School Curriculum

NEW JERSEY - On January 31st, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that mandates all school districts in the state to include instruction and curriculum materials that will teach middle and high school students about the political, economic, and social contributions of LGBT people and individuals with disabilities.

This past November at the annual NJEA Convention, TAPintoTV spoke ...

The Mobile Food Lab Hits the Road to Bring Food Literacy to the Children of New Jersey

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Dr. Angela Cristini of The Mobile Food Lab at this year’s NJEA Convention. The Mobile Food Lab is a converted school bus repurposed to teach students about food literacy. Dr. Cristini is a Professor of Biology at Ramapo College, one of several partners who are the driving forces behind this project.

“It’s like no other ...

Making the Grade in STEM Education with Maker Depot

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- We continue our coverage of the annual NJEA Convention by speaking with Maker Depot, a makerspace facility in Totowa, NJ, where kids can create and build objects of their own design. Michael Franchino, Co-founder of Maker Depot, spoke with TAPintoTV about the maker movement and the skills this type of hands-on learning imparts to students.

“The maker movement really ...

Finding a Solution to Learning Math Skills without Subtracting Fun at Annual NJEA Convention

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- As part of our continuing coverage of the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City, we turn the spotlight onto Bedtime Math. We spoke to Bedtime Math about the playful math stories and problems they share to help kids love and understand math in real life.

“We’re all about making math a fun thing you do on purpose at home,” said Laura Overdeck, the Founder of ...

Hands-on Learning Brings American History Alive at New Jersey’s Liberty Hall Museum

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV spoke with Liberty Hall Museum at this year’s NJEA Convention to learn about their educational programs for students and teachers in New Jersey. Located in Union, NJ on the campus of Kean University, the museum offers hands-on experiential learning for students covering over 200 years of American History.

“The American Revolution was literally fought ...

Innovative Programs on Display at 164th Annual New Jersey Education Convention

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- TAPintoTV recently attended the annual NJEA Convention ( in Atlantic City, one of the largest gatherings of educators in the world. We spoke to exhibitors, vendors and presenters about the unique programs and products they offer to both teachers and students in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Education Association holds their convention every November for two ...

Livingston Supervisor of Health Works To Redefine Physical Education in Public Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Judy LoBianco, Livingston New Jersey Supervisor of Health, Physical Education, and Nursing, is working to redefine physical education in public schools.

TAPinto TV caught up with LoBianco at this year's EdWeek Conference in Washington, D.C., where she was honored and recognized as a "Leader To Learn From" in Student Wellness by EdWeek Magazine.

Through ...