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Museum of Play evening a success at Lincoln Elementary in Newark

Math, reading, games, and this year a book fair added into the mix. It all proved to be a winning combination for this year’s “Lincoln Museum of Play” evening event at Lincoln Elementary School in Newark.

About 140 students, parents, siblings and more attended the 90-minute event featuring lots of fun activities for everyone to participate in including:

• A Scholastic Book Fair at which books and other reading-related items could be purchased.

• Two different LEGO land areas, featuring different sizes of LEGOS with the smaller ones provided by Newark Public Library and the larger ones, already the property of Lincoln School.

• Math Mania where families learned ways to adapt games at home that tie into the school’s math curriculum.

• Creation Station & Games Galore where students created and played games with their families.

• Lincoln-a-Lot in the gym where students created plays with puppets, played house in a kitchen area, and went grocery shopping.

• Pizza Planet in the cafeteria where pizza, juice and water was served to everyone.
Additionally, every Lincoln School child was able to choose a board game to take home if they participated in at least four of the activities.

“Everyone had a really great time,” said Stephanie Joyce, a member of “The Lincoln Museum of Play” committee that planned the event.
Another planning committee member Meredith Calabretta, noted this was the fifth year the event was held.

“It was great,” Calabretta said. “We had four winners of baskets of books in the Scholastic Book Fair raffle. Families really like this event. In fact, we had some people walking in at the end. But there is next year to look forward to.”

Joyce said 25 volunteers, including Lincoln teachers and staff _ and some retirees _ and Newark High School students helped at the event. She also thanked the school’s custodial staff under the direction of Robert Mosteiro for their invaluable help.

The event was financed largely with Title I Parent Involvement grant monies and support from the PTA.

“A team effort is necessary to pull off an amazing event for our families,” said Lincoln Principal Stephanie Miller. “It is wonderful that we have so many staff members who participate and supportive PTA members who help make this night a success for Lincoln students and families.”

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