Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School Has Busy December

TEECS gives to food bank 2015

From left: Peter Schulman, NJDOE Chief Talent Officer/Assistant Commissioner of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness;​ Valerie Francois, Strategic Partnerships & Constituent Communications;​ Kimberley Harrington, Chief Academic Officer Division of Teaching and Learning​. Back​ row: James Palmer, Executive Director of Grants and Project Management​;​ David Saenz Jr., a Department of Education spokesman​; William Haldeman, Chief of Staff; Education Commissioner​,​ David Hespe and Oguz Yildiz and students, Yavuz Durmaz ​(Grade 2​), Kayla Washington ​(Grade 2)​, Brianna Genteel (Grade 2​), Emma Allison (Kindergarten​) ​at the Franklin Township Food Bank. Photo: TEECS.

Students and faculty at Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School on Cortelyous Lane had a very busy December.

On Dec. 15, students, parents and faculty delivered crates of food and more than $900 in cash to the Franklin Township Food Bank. The students raised the food and money during the course of the year.

The students also partnered with the state Department of Education to volunteer at the food bank, according to a release from the school.

While there, the students and staff met with DOE Commissioner David Hespe and members of his staff.

On Dec. 17, a delegation from the school traveled to Trenton, where they received joint resolutions from the state Legislature congratulating several of their students for having an experiment chosen by NASA to be conducted on the International Space Station.

Danielsen et all TEECS

State Assemblyman Joseph Egan, TEECS Science Teacher Maya Ghosh, 5th graders Natalia Aravelo and Meghan Gajula, state Assemblyman Joseph Danielsen and TEECS Lead Person Oguz Yildiz at the state capitol. Photo: TEECS.

The experiment traveled with astronauts in June, for a period of one month, according to a press release from the school.

The students who created the winning experiment were 5th graders Natalia Arevalo, Kareena Kapadia, and Meghan Gajula, according to the release. They were among a group of 4th, 5th and 6th grade students from these school who developed more than 40 experiments for NASA’s consideration.


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