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Montclair's Jazz House Kids and Bobbi Brown Studio Give Something Wonderful to Newark Students

Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira
Credits: Cindy C. A. Pereira

MONTCLAIR, NJ - Bobbi Brown Cosmetic Studio, along with Jazz House Kids and several community partners hosted "Something Wonderful" Monday for the John F. Kennedy School, a school serving special needs students in Newark.

Happy children pouring out of a school bus and into a makeup studio, was by itself, gratifying. However, to watch the students' sheer exuberance as they were given makeovers, manicures, haircuts, and taught how to make bath salts, created boundless joy for participants, providers, and spectators alike.

In attendance were 50 students, caregivers, and teachers at Bobbi Brown's studio located at 8 Lackawanna Plaza in Montclair.

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The JFK School is a special needs ungraded public school in Newark. For the past five years Jazz House Kids has worked with the students in an in-school vocal choir taught by Phil Bingham.

Lori Montague, Manager of Operations at Jazz House who spearheaded this day, said, "Back in 2012, at our 10th anniversary Gala, at NJPAC, Bobbi Brown attended and was so moved by the students’ talent that she wanted to do something wonderful for them. That’s where we got the name."

Allison Russo, who manages Jazz House Kids in-school programs said, "This event is for caregivers, students, teachers, assistants, the principal and several parents. It happens to coincide with teacher appreciation week, which is great. The community comes together to show appreciation for all involved."

Nancy Klein, Communications Specialist, also of Jazz House Kids said, "Bobbi Brown and Steve Plofker are longtime supporters of Jazz House Kids, so supporting an event like this is a natural fit." Klein told us that the JFK instrumental program is directed by Anja-Christen Nielsen,  a modified method for people with special needs, called PASCAL. She added, “Our work with this school is funded by the Silver Family Foundation.”

Bobbi Brown makeup, massages by Just 1 Touch, a bathtub workshop by Pooka Inc., and boys’ haircuts by Mahir’s Unisex Barbershop were some of the services offered. There were three food sponsors including Mac Attack, Alan's Avenue Deli, and Belgiovine's Delicatessen in Montclair.

One table full of boys were making bath salts and another had teachers telling young ladies how beautiful their make up looks on them.

Florenz Paredes, Store manager for Bobbi Brown was also struck by the extremely contagious smiling. Parades said, "This is the first time we held the event in this studio. Bobbi Brown is a long time supporter of both Jazz House Kids and the JFK School. I'm so glad we did this. To see the happy faces of these kids is so gratifying."

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