As we approach the last day of the 2017-2018 school year, we reflect back on all the good times we had this year in the GLOW program. We laughed a lot, learned a lot, and built some life-long friendships while making some life-long memories. This (extra-long) post will highlight the fourth quarter of GLOW!
We completed a unit on prescription vs. over the counter medications. We learned to differentiate between the two as well as read medicine labels, identify common cures for common sicknesses, and how to navigate various pharmacies. We had a guest speaker, Officer Joe, come in to talk about the harmful effects of medications when taken improperly, and the impact it has on the body. Below are some pictures of that day.
GLOW visited the job fair! Not only did we have a great time walking around the booths and collecting the freebies that were offered, but we also were tasked with asking 5 different jobs 3 different questions! The questions had to be tailored to the job specifically. The students had a great time networking with the different companies, and learned about some new job possibilities for the future! As an added bonus, we were able to practice our CPR skills at the nursing booth!
gardeners at work!
Although we found some mysterious grubby creatures, we learned how to overturn soil, check the water levels, identify weeds, and use different tools in order to grow a successful and flourishing gardening.
We threw a fondue party for our fellow high school and middle school students! We thank the staff for coming to visit. To plan this, not only did we learn how to make fondue and appropriate items to dip into chocolate, but we also learned many different games such as "Would you Rather" or "Never Have I Ever." We are ready to continue to host more parties in the future!
Spring Street Fair
To raise money for our upcoming trip, we sold our lanyards, decals, and school spirit bracelets at the Highland Park Street Fair. We worked very hard to make all the lanyards, and were very proud to make over $150 this day!
The Rush to Cookie Rush
Public transportation trip! We took the public bus to Cookie Rush in New Brunswick. We were able to navigate our way there by reading bus schedules, finding the bus stops, reading street signs, and maps. When we arrived to Cookie Rush, we found that it was a very cool place for teenagers and people in their 20s to hang out. It was set up as a lounge with many games. After we ordered and were waiting for our cookies to bake, we played Apples to Apples, which was a new game to many of us.
Take your Child to Work Day
We made slime and dirt (with pudding) in with tons of children from middle school to age three! We scaffolded these projects and hosted these students in fun games (Go Fish and Old Maid) and had a wonderful time engaging and being mentors!
As summer quickly approaches, we wanted to learn how to make some easy summer snacks. Although we may not always have access to an oven, we can still make tasty treats for ourselves or to share. Ice cream sandwiches were one of the few that we made, and they were a hit! These are definitely something we can easily make and budget in order to have a great party!
seamsters and seamstresses
As many of us do, we have holes in our clothes and buttons that fall off! Now there is no need to pay someone $20 to fix a simple stitch- as we can now do it ourselves! We learned how to sew a running stitch, and over stitch, sew on a button, and sew a hole closed, as well as create a boarder and hem with what we already know. We used thimbles, needles, needle threaders, and a variety of materials to help us learn these skills. One day, we will use them in practice!
car wash crazy
What better way to kick off the summer than by getting a little wet! Not only did we have a "splash," but we learned different types of techniques and methods and tools needed to wash a car! The students experienced working with a hose, different window-washing materials, car polishing, and scratch removing. This went over so well and we had such a great time in the sun! Although we washed these cars complimentary, we may potentially look into it as a fundraiser next year!
Getting around is one of the hardest skills to learn, but in today's time, it is very accessible. We trailed off our emergency personnel unit to explore who is safe to ask for directions. We practiced verbal directions, written directions, maps, compasses and virtual directions. We experimented with road names and Never Eat Sour Watermelon, as well as located important landmarks and enhanced our street safety. We also are able to identify many symbols and road signs, which we can now easily recognize to help us navigate around towns and cities.
welcome to new york
GLOW went to the Big Apple! During this trip, we reviewed many of our life skills including two types of public transportation (train and taxis), learned metropolitan jargon, took a tour of the High Line that connected to our World Cultures class, brought a picnic lunch, and ventured into Times Square using our navigation skills. We had an amazing time (as you can see from the pictures) and proved our fundraising to be worth it! We are very proud of what we were able to accomplish this year, and are excited to learn city-skills that cannot always be practiced within the walls of Highland Park.
During finals, we focused on many things including pharmaceutical practices and over the counter medications as well as ordering and handling money and various types of direction skills. Although we were reviewing and showing off what we have learned, we were able to have a great time in the process!
end of the year field day
To end the year off, we hosted one large field day at Donaldson Park! We were able to play all types of games and communicate with each other, while having a picnic lunch, and celebrating a friend's birthday. What a great way to end the year!
Though I have known you just but two years, I am more than grateful to have you in my life. You four have been fantastic students, hard workers, and caring people. I cannot wait to watch you blossom in your future endeavors and accomplish all your dreams. As you walk into your next chapter of your young adult life, I will carry the memories we made together, and continue to be proud of the people you have become.