SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – The Scotch Plains Fanwood Board of Education presented the local PTA leaders with certificates of appreciation at last Thursday night's meeting.

BOE member Dr. Karen Kulikowski read the resolution addressed to Marci Bowman, the President of the Scotch Plains – Fanwood PTA Council. It is Ms. Bowman’s first year of her two-year term. Of special note was the effort Marci made in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, working with the PTAs to use the high school as a support center. “They provided help for families who faced the challenges of no power, no phone and no internet services.”

“Our schools and our children have truly been enriched by the PTA’s partnership, by their dedication to promoting children’s health, well-being, and educational success through strong parent, family, and community involvement.” Marci Bowman was recognized and congratulated for her leadership, guidance, and integrity as the President of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Council PTA.

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The BOE meeting continued with a presentation of an iMovie produced by the Service Learning Project at Brunner School. Dr. Margaret Hayes, the Superintendent of Schools, introduced Scott Bortnick, the Principal of Brunner School, who explained the community project initiated by the third graders and their teachers. The theme was “companionship”. The students identified the elderly, the military, and students that were new to the school, as those in need of friends.

The Service Learning experience integrates Social Studies and Language Arts curriculums. Through this experience students learn about a topic, identified groups in their community impacted by the issues being studied, establish contact with these groups, and worked on a project to address the challenges.

In describing the iMovie Mr. Bortnick said that “for the reflections on the Service Learning Project we asked the kids to capture, in three words, their thoughts. It’s really powerful. To see how these kids capture their experiences in three words is amazing. They are 8 and 9 years old and the thoughts they have are very deep and provocative. If you have tissues, now is a good time to take them out!”