“Plainfield Public Schools Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers and Family Friendly Centers Implements a Virtual After School Program”

PLAINFIELD, NJ –On Tuesday, April 21, 2020 2:45pm, Plainfield Public Schools Family Friendly Centers (FFC), located at Emerson and Jefferson Elementary Schools, began facilitating its very first virtual after school program. On Tuesday, April 28, 2020 3:05pm, the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers, including Barlow and Evergreen Elementary Schools, Hubbard Middle School, and Plainfield High School, implemented its very own virtual after school program. Together, both after school programs are providing students with enrichment activities so as to engage Plainfield youth in meaningful and fun ways. As a result, the nearly 75 students’ report they’re able to better cope with not being in school due to Governor Murphy’s mandatory shut down as a result of the COVID-19 virus.

To promote the spirit of after school learning in fun and innovative ways, the nearly 75 students in both programs are exploring the vast learning resources utilizing a digital platform. All the students participate in academic, STEM, and arts enrichment classes exploring many fun projects that include virtual field trips to the Epcot Center in Orlando Florida, cooking class, or coding through the computer application course. Thus, in the art class with Ms. Santiago, the students are designing narrative art forms. In the digital chess class with Mr. Wessells, they are learning about discipline, strategy, and problem solving at various levels of chess playing and in the yoga class with Mr. Michelucci, the students are interpreting exercise through exposure to modern day yoga exercise.

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Additional information about the Family Friendly Centers and the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Summer Learning Camp Virtual After School Programs can be obtained by contacting Zelda Spence, the district’s 21st CCLC Project Director, at the Plainfield Board of Education offices at (732) 501-3906. Both after school programs utilize Google Suite and operates remotely every Tuesday through Thursday each week with the FFC art class taking place every Monday.

The mission of both programs is “to collaborate with parents, staff, and community partners to provide continuous engagement in standards based, innovative learning during state mandated shut down. Our commitment to students during this pandemic will help to foster social and emotional development necessary for them to remain connected to their school communities.”

Gloria Montealegre

A Champion for Students

Community Engagement Liaison