Rainy Day Brings Surprises to Memorial Middle School in Cedar Grove

CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove middle schoolers may have woken up to a rainy Monday morning, but they were in for a sunny surprise when they arrived at school.

Unbeknownst to the students, the pathway to school had secret messages written on the pavement and it took the rainy morning to reveal them.  

"Rainworks" are stencil graphics that only appear when wet.  Board of Education member David Schoner came across the idea several months ago and approached principal Nicholas DeCorte who gave the project a green light.   

Sign Up for E-News

"I approached Principal Nick DeCorte months ago with the idea of doing this. He loved the idea and thought it would be a fantastic thing to greet the kids and staff on rainy days," Schoner explained.  "We told no one about it because we wanted everyone to be surprised and not to expect it."

Art teacher Amanda Hatzikyriakou designed and made the stencils, which will last for three months. Schoner noted that Rainworks only works on concrete or "light" surfaces so because the high school and elementary schools entranceways are asphalt or blocks it won't work there.   Rainworks is an environmentally friendly application that you spray over a stencil.

Two weeks ago Schoner and Jill Spiegel spent five hours on a Saturday afternoon stenciling the graphics, which give messages like "Smile," "Life is Good" and "Be Kind."  Today's rainy morning revealed the messages to the students as they arrived to school.

"I am always trying to think "outside the box" on things that can be done with the schools and this idea I thought would be fun and positive," Schoner said.  "There's so many ways we can be innovative - even in a small ways with our students.  At times there can be so few positive surprises in life - let this be one of them."


TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Verona/Cedar Grove

Montclair Councilwoman Baskerville to Serve on Murphy’s Transition Team

November 21, 2017

MONTCLAIR, NJ -  Montclair Township officials have announced that Councilwoman Renee Baskerville, MD, has been named to serve on Governor-elect Phil Murphy’s transition team on the Healthcare Committee.

During the course of the next two months, Dr. Baskerville will participate in making recommendations on healthcare policy issues and initiatives as the new administration prepares to ...

Cedar Grove Police Blotter

November 21, 2017

 November 13, 2017 – November 19, 2017

On November 13, 2017 at 1:13 a.m., Ptl. Anthony Cardona stopped a vehicle for a moving violation. A subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the 18 year old female operator from Belleville for possession of marijuana. She was processed and released with a summons to appear in municipal court.

On November 13, 2017 at 5:32 a.m., officers ...

Verona Superintendent's Corner Column: Attitude of Gratitude

November 22, 2017

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy

With a quarter of the school year behind us and in anticipation of the holiday season, we tend to get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of work, school and all that life sends our way.  Thanksgiving marks a holiday reserved for ...

New Brunswick man charged in fatal Friday evening shooting near local park

November 22, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick man is sitting in the Middlesex County jail, following his arrest in connection with a fatal shooting Friday evening, authorities announced on November 22.

Kim Carter, 37 of New Brunswick, faces charges of murder and unlawful possession of a weapon, following an investigation by local authorities into the fatal November 17 shooting, said Middlesex County ...

Friends of the Verona Public Library host Annual 50/50

November 23, 2017

The Friends of the Verona Public Library are happy to announce that they are hosting their annual 50/50 raffle to benefit the Verona Public Library.  The winner of the raffle will win 50% of the proceeds, up to a maximum of $1,000.  This is a great chance for individuals to support the Verona Public Library and win a chance at a large cash prize right before the holidays.  All ...