SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Friday, March 13, students from the new Special Education Self-Contained/MD (Multiple Disabilities) classroom at South Plainfield Middle School took a field trip to Mohn’s Flowers and Fancy Foods Plainfield Avenue in South Plainfield.
The owner, Georgeann Cochrane, a life-long resident of South Plainfield, was the gracious host who gave the students a tour of her shop and even allowed the students to make their own floral arrangements. The students learned many valuable lessons about working with money, customer service, and the power of creativity. “Ms. Cochrane’s passion for what she does shines through the anecdotes she told and how she interacted with the students,” said South Plainfield Middle School Special education Teacher Melissa Cook.
According to Cook, the students came prepared with many thoughtful questions and Ms. Cochrane fielded them with enthusiasm.
“This is the second year I have hosted this,” said Cochrane. “It is so heartwarming to see the smiles on the student’s faces, as their creative works truly come to life.”
I don’t think these children will soon forget this memorable field trip. “For such a short distance, the lessons learned were immeasurable,” noted Cathy Piwowar, the classroom paraprofessional who also attended the trip.
“I want to work here!” exclaimed one seventh grader, with a smile spread across his face.