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‘Little Free Library’ Opens in Baer Park

April 22, 2018

PATERSON, NJ- While its size may pale in comparison to the one that stands majestically on Broadway, the opportunities for residents to read and expand their minds are just as great at Paterson’s newest “library” that was officially opened on Saturday.

This one, located right in Baer Park, is part of a greater effort by Paterson’s poet laureate, Talena Lachelle Queen, ...

How One Rosa Parks Graduate is Letting Her Inner Faith Shine

PATERSON, NJ- A proud graduate of Rosa L. Parks School of Fine and Performing Arts, Class of 1991, Rahsona Elder is a loving mother of three balancing family, work and service, while helping to deliver high quality arts programming to Paterson children. In fact, it is her work ethic and passion for family that led her to become the founder of InnerFaith Performing Arts Center ...

NJCDC Takes Paterson Teens to Harvard, Yale, and MIT

PATERSON, NJ- Over the course of two days of their spring break--Tuesday, April 3 and Wednesday, April 4--41 students from three different NJCDC programs traveled up to New England for an Ivy League tour. Throughout the trip, students from the Paterson Youth Council, Great Falls Teen Center, and 21st Century Compete for Life programs visited Harvard ...

Student Choreographed Dance Performance Communicates Self Empowerment

PATERSON, NJ- It was a night filled with excitement, rhythm, and grace. Just before spring break, the dance students of Rosa Parks High School of Fine and Performing Arts choreographed and performed a special show titled, “I Can. I Will. I Am.”  Dancers invested seven months into the production, dating back to September, to deliver a memorable performance in front of a capacity ...

Teachers Union Backs Andre Sayegh for Mayor, Offers Endorsements for Three Council Candidates

PATERSON, NJ- Saying that they were “the ones who were well-versed in the present day struggles that Paterson public school employees face” the Paterson Education Association (PEA), the union that represent more than 3,100 teachers and other professionals in Paterson, has announced their endorsements in the upcoming election for mayor and city council.

In a statement and an email ...

Video: Wimberly Continues to Speak Out for Local School Funding

PATERSON, NJ- While administrators, local leaders, and education activists widely welcomed Governor Phil Murphy’s proposed  $20 million increase in funding for Paterson’s schools for the 2018-2019 academic year, the announcement came as a reminder that it came after eight years of “flat funding” under Governor Chris Christie leaving them $250 million in the ...

Paterson Schools Reaches “Tentative Long-Term Agreement” With Union

PATERSON, NJ- A rally that drew nearly 2,000 members of the Paterson Education Association (PEA) on Wednesday may have worked according to an email the union sent to its members obtained by TAPinto Paterson that said “a long-term tentative agreement that addresses the membership’s goals and priorities” has been reached. The agreement, the email stated, was reached ...

Paterson Students Take ‘No Yuck’ Challenge

PATERSON, NJ- Paterson Public Schools (PPS) works hard to offer students healthy choices through their Fresh Fruit and Vegetable and Free Breakfast Programs, so what is the challenge?  Getting the kids to eat these nutritious foods!  On Wednesday, in an effort by administrators to overcome this, more than 750 students at Public School 16 got to become “expert taste ...

Building Paterson’s Future Through Books and Breakfast

PATERSON, NJ – Smiling children, a freshly cooked breakfast, coloring books. This was the recipe put together by volunteers of Paterson Cares, and the end product, according to coordinator Barbara Brown, would be nearly 30 students who had gathered at the monthly “Books and Breakfast” event on Saturday leaving with improved reading skills.

“These children,” she ...

New Jersey Charter Schools Come Together in Advocacy for Parent Action Day

TRENTON, NJ—More than 500 charter school parents, educators and advocates from across the state gathered at the Statehouse in Trenton Monday for a CharterStrong Parent Action Day rally to celebrate New Jersey’s 50,000 public charter school children and to raise awareness of the more than 35,000 children that remain on charter school waiting lists.

Organized by a coalition ...

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Paterson Music Project Joins New Jersey’s Newest Youth Ensemble to Perform Bernstein Classic

April 18, 2018

“Somewhere…there’s a place for us.”  So goes one of the most beautiful songs Leonard Bernstein ever wrote—part of the legendary musical West Side Story.

On Sunday, April 22nd, children of a unique New Jersey music education alliance will perform the song on the stage of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to open a New Jersey Symphony Orchestra ...