PATERSON, NJ  – Paterson Public Schools Superintendent Eileen F. Shafer joined other district officials, teachers, and families at Charles J. Riley Elementary School (Public School No. 9) Tuesday to launch this year’s series of “Family STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Nights.”

This is the third year the project, coined as opportunities for families at participating schools to engage in hands-on activities linked to their grade-level STEAM content.

“I encourage all parents of children in kindergarten to grade 3 to come out and participate in one of our Family STEAM Night events,” said Shafer. “It’s a great opportunity for students to have hands-on educational experiences, and it’s a great way for parents to get a deeper understanding of what their children are learning in school.”

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Sponsored by the Paterson Education Fund (PEF)’s River Story Project with funding from the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, this year’s project, which includes teacher teams that worked to develop a variety of activities in both English and Spanish with training and support from PEF’s Great Falls Teachers Collaborative, New Jersey Audubon and SciEngineer, focuses on the third grade.

Family STEAM Night events will continue on Wednesday at Public School 10, from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. and continue until Wednesday, May 15, as follows:


·         Thursday, May 2, from 4 to 6 p.m., at Public School No. 27

·         Friday, May 3 from 4 to 6 p.m., at Public School No. 5

·         Tuesday, May 7 from 4 to 6 p.m., at Public School No. 24

·         Wednesday, May 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Public School No. 25

·         Thursday, May 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Public School No. 8

·         Tuesday, May 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Dr. Hani Awadallah School

·         Wednesday, May 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Public School No. 21


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