Third Grade Class Celebrates a Special Birthday


With a banner drawing of the bridge featuring blue-and-green paint handprints for water and creatively-designed cards, 3rd-grade classes at Liberty Elementary School recognized the 60th birthday of the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge Tuesday morning.

Before the presentation teacher Marjan Perry invited me to meet her class. The kids asked questions about being a reporter and suggested titles (I incorporated one of their ideas); see story in the Rockland County Times.

What a fun and clever idea to show water using their handprints! Perry and fellow teachers Jennifer Rhee, Deborah Barnes and Larayne Peterson helped their students make the large birthday cards with magic markers, crayons, sparklers and other arts-and-crafts supplies.

plaqueProject officials appreciated the thought and presented the kids, their teachers and school Principal Ellen Rechenberger with a specially-made plaque.

Perry felt its proximity to their neighborhood, and its connections to both environment and to technology, aid the kids’ understanding.

“I think they get the significance of this, and it’s a positive,” she said. “I think the next time they drive over the bridge it will be powerful for them when they see it.”

“She talked up the project with the kids, and this helps their understanding,” Rechenberger said. “It’s nice that the kids can see the progress from their backyards. Last year they (project officials) spoke with the kids, and they gave us an update.”


Long after the bridge is gone they’ll remember the Outreach Team came to their school on a special day, and they were part of the celebration.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2015

4 comments so far

  1. Marjan Perry on

    Hi from Ms. Perry’s class! We are still enjoying reading about the experience. We are reading this blog in class! It is exciting and educational:) We hope you come back to our school in the future.

    Liked by 1 person

    • nykeypad on

      Hi Ms. Perry’s class 🙂 Thank you for inviting me Tuesday. I had fun meeting you and speaking with you, and I’m glad you are enjoying the articles. I’d be happy to come back and visit again.


  2. Marjan Perry on

    Thanks for such a great article! This is Ms. Perry’s class reading your blog in our classroom. We think that you are a great reporter.

    Liked by 1 person

    • nykeypad on

      Thanks. You asked me great questions that made me think. That’s what reporting is: asking people questions and learning the answers, then telling other people so they know, too.


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