PISCATAWAY, NJ – Piscataway students at the Martin Luther King School got a glimpse into the past as they practiced interviewing techniques with a group of senior citizens earlier this month.

The school’s Tea and Talk event was organized by Honors English Language Arts teacher, Karen Fleming in preparation for their upcoming oral history project.

“What we’re doing is teaching children how to ask the questions instead of answering questions all the time,” Fleming said in an interview with TAPinto last school year at Arbor School where she also oversees the program. “This is an informal way for them to learn how to speak properly as they are getting to know adults of another generation.”

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Fleming said the Tea and Talk also teaches students to do more than just read about history. It teaches them how to ask questions so they can hear the stories from people in the community who actually lived through them.

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