PISCATAWAY, NJ - Engaging students can be particularly challenging during the summer.  However, Extended School Year students at the Piscataway Regional Day School (PRDS), had little difficulty immersing themselves in Teacher Lisa Melsopp’s approach of having them read classic stories and create related activities based on the stories.

A school for students ages 3-21 with multiple disabilities, students enthusiastically responded to the beloved Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory story, and enjoyed learning to sing “The Candy Man” song.

 For the PRDS variety show, students performed a spirited rendition of “The Candy Man,” wearing costumes designed by Classroom Aide Lauren Amendola. 

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The PRDS is one of six Educational Services Commission of New Jersey (ESCNJ) schools in Middlesex County for students ages 3-21 with autism, moderate to severe disabilities, and at-risk behaviors. 

The largest Educational Services Commission in the state, the ESCNJ also provides services to school districts statewide, coordinates transportation for over 10,000 students across the state, and manages a Co-op Pricing System with over 1,000 members, the largest cooperative buying program in New Jersey.