Spring Extravaganza Lives Up To Its Name at Campbell School

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A grand tradition at both Moss School and Campbell School, PTO-sponsored Spring Extravaganza is an amazing day for both the parents who create and teach various presentations on a theme all day long. This year the theme of the event was GREAT MOMENTS IN AMERICAN HISTORY and all Campbell students were scheduled to attend five interactive presentations over the course of the school day.

The story of Jamestown, American History Live On Television, The Boston Tea Party, Ellis Island, The California Gold Rush, Jackie Robinson and Baseball, the Civil Rights Movement, Womens Suffrage, Independence Day, the Wright Brothers and the first airplane, The Declaration of Human Rights, New Jersey's Contributions to the U.S., AC/DC: the story of electricity, and The Inventions of Thomas Edison were most of the topics presented to the students. The children celebrated all these historical landmarks through both interactive games and lectures as well as hands-on crafts and storytelling programs that brought history to life for each class.

For example, the Ellis Island program had children wait in line to pile off a "boat" to meet with the "nurse" who would decide whether they were okay to be allowed into the country or not. The Gold Rush program had separate areas set up in which the children learned the ins and outs of prospecting (using sand, gold-painted rocks and water in plastic bins). In the American History Live on Television program, the children learned about the shared experience of American history that broadcasting has made available throughout the latter part of the 20th century and a mock TV newscast about Spring extravaganza was recorded for each class, with the students as the correspondents. At the end of the day, the energy was high, the kids were buzzing, the presenters excited and wired from the great exchange of ideas and emotions that had occurred throughout the day.

Teri Coleman (yes, our very own) and Christine Piovoso did an amazing job organizing the programs and Merrill Lunt helped schedule the event (no small feat, believe me!) Teachers, administrators, legions of volunteers and the students themselves should all be commended for continuing this great tradition and making history come alive for young open minds!

Spring Extraganza will continue next year but the topics have not been determined.

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Couldn't agree more - what a great and educational day for the kids. My daughter's only complaint was that Led Zeppelin yells too much!! Thank you parents and teachers who worked so hard.

I'm with you guys!! My daughter LOVED it! Thanks to everyone who made it such a great day!

As did mine, and all those naysayers complaining about this can go take a hike

My child had a great time... thank you

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