PLAINFIELD, NJ - Since 1995 Al and Jeans Inc., Center for Early Childhood Education, has been serving the greater City of Plainfield, New Jersey. Currently licensed for 123 students, Al and Jeans held its Rising 4’s Moving on Ceremony for their 45 graduate prekindergarten students.
Al and Jeans is well-known throughout the community for its awesome celebrations for the students going to Kindergarten. Due to the current health pandemic, this year was different. The school held its first Drive Through Ceremony.
The event was organized by Mr. Talon D. Fisher, Executive Director, and teachers Ismat Rizvi and Sheila Thompson. “We wanted to make this event very special for our students and families. They worked so hard during these challenging and unforeseen times,” Mr. Fisher expressed.
Due to the pandemic, the school has been closed since March, when remote learning commenced. The families and students miss their school and teachers dearly, and likewise for the staff. The school floated around the idea of having a celebration via Zoom, but the teachers quickly shut that idea down because they wanted to see their families. The idea of a Drive Through Ceremony was quickly accepted by staff, and the school was off and running with planning. Driven by social distancing and personal protective equipment, the school had to be very creative and strategic in providing students with a send-off celebration that would not cause any harm.
Masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer were provided to ensure everyone who participated was protected. Families drove their cars and lined the streets of South Avenue. Cars were adorned with each family's personal touch to commemorate their child’s hard work during the school year. As each car turned into the parking lot, and wrapped around, administrators and teachers provided each family with health and hygiene items, books, treats for students, and, of course, their Certificate of Award and Diploma. Families were so excited, and touched by the thoughtful actions of the staff.
The staff and families tried very hard to provide everyone with the respective space. Parents drove out the lot and honked their horns and waved very proudly. Beverly Fisher, Childcare Sponsor, and Family Workers Janice Cosby and Clint Ridley, as well as staff, could be heard saying this was one of our most favorite ceremonies. The students adored it, and the parents were very pleased.
Who is Al and Jeans Inc.?
Named after their children’s grandparents who lived in Plainfield, Al and Jeans Inc. started in 1995 by current Childcare Sponsor: Beverly Fisher, and her husband Willie Fisher. Siblings: Kia Simmons, Tanaisha White, Ashon Fisher, Shaleke Fisher; and Talonna and Talon Fisher have all assisted in various operations of the school through the many years.
Currently, Al and Jeans Inc. boasts a partnership of 19 years and counting, with the Plainfield Public Schools, Office of Early Childhood Programs and Services, as a preschool provider for the district. This partnership yields the ability for the school the school to provide a robust and rigorous curriculum, high quality and certified staffing; and access to resources for students and families.
Mr. Talon Fisher who serves as the school’s current Executive Director, holds certifications as a New Jersey certified: School Administrator (Superintendent), Principal, Supervisor; and Teacher. Mr. Fisher is a very dedicated early childhood preschool Center Director. He has dedicated his life to the education of children and services for families with many years to come in serving Plainfield. Mr. Fisher is currently working on a capital campaign to expand the organization and reach greater heights beyond New Jersey. He has also participated in and supported various community organizations such as the Friends of Plainfield Public Library and the Salvation Army.
To learn more about the school and its offerings, please contact Mr. Fisher at 908-531-9174. Additionally, the school, located at 912 South Avenue, is currently enrolling for its Plainfield Preschool Program. Students must be age 3 or 4 by October 1, 2020, and must be a resident of Plainfield, New Jersey. If they meet these criteria, then they can register for free preschool. Registration can be found on the Plainfield Public School’s website HERE.
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