RAHWAY, NJ - Staff members of the Rahway Academy took over 300 students on a field trip to the movies on Friday, January 27. The group of students watched the film Hidden Figures at the AMC Linden Theater. The movie tells the incredible story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson- brilliant African-American women working at NASA. These women served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

The students had an informative experience at the theater. According to one student, “This movie was very inspiring for young women like me, and it is important for girls to know that they can follow their dreams, no matter what!” exclaimed Zaria Berrios, a seventh grader at Rahway Academy. This opportunity was made my possible by teachers from Rahway Academy. From arranging transportation, collaborating with the movie theatre, handing out permission slips and organizing everyone in the appropriate manner they were able to make this a safe, educational and successful trip.

“The story of these three heroic women should be seen by everyone! It was truly inspiring to see their perseverance and watch them fight through several barriers and adversity. We influence our students to work hard every single day, and this film definitely helped echo those sentiments,” said Mr. Sorrentino, facilitator of the trip.

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“It was nice to see a movie where women are depicted as smart and necessary for the advancement of our country.” said Lourdes Torres, a 7th Grader at the Rahway Academy. She also expressed, “Hidden Figures encouraged me to keep going, even if the odds are not in my favor.”

“Taking a trip to see this Best Picture Nomination was an excellent way for our staff and students to kick off our Black History Month Celebration and will also lead us right into Women’s History Month in March,” exclaimed Feltmann, another facilitator of the trip. Principal Alan Johnson said, “Hidden Figures has the power to encourage some of our middle school students to become more interested in STEAM careers, focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.”

Overall this was a very positive experience for all students and teachers involved. There was much to be learned from such a moving production that will truly show students the unlimited capabilities that are available to them.