Farley Elementary Fascinated by the New Bridge

Everyone is curious: a question line forms/NNYB Outreach

Everyone is curious: a question line forms/NNYB Outreach

For students at James A Farley Elementary School, the thrill of holding genuine rebar — the same used on the Hudson Valley’s new bridge — was a highlighted moment.

“They kids like hands-on things, and they went crazy with it,” Principal Avis Shelby said. The video “A New Bridge Rising” was fascinating she said, while “the kids couldn’t stop talking about the super crane.”

“Everyone loved the presentation, teachers and kids. I appreciated that the Outreach Team answered all questions and explained things so the kids, everyone they spoke with, understood.” — James A. Farley Elementary School Principal Avis Shelby

Rebar sample is much heavier than it looks/NNYB Outreach

Rebar sample is much heavier than it looks/NNYB Outreach

“They showed how the crane came down the Hudson (River), and how it went under the bridge,” she said. “The kids were thrilled to have their own posters.”

Shelby hopes project officials will return and address classes that didn’t have a chance to attend the hour-long presentation. A field trip to the Tarrytown viewing area and the Nyack Outreach Center in spring would really excite the kids, she said.

It’s about making connections, breaking it down in small increments: two bridges going in each direction. On some level you want to realize it’s something they’ve internalized, and on another level you want to give students new knowledge.

Another viewing area is underway: Nyack officials broke ground on a new fishing pier in Memorial Park, site of the Rockland viewing platform, last summer. “The kids are going to like that, too,” she said.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

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