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Art Show: Preschoolers do Van Gogh

On Thursday April 25th, Jefferson Park hosted its very own art show. The theme was "The city of Elizabeth through the eyes of a preschooler." Each class took on its own task of recreating the city. One of the classes focused on its rich cuisines, while another recreted the commerce of Jersey garden's mall, another classroom displayed facts surrounding the city's first submarine; while another classroom recreated the library and works by Vincent Van Gogh. 

It was quite spectacular to see the tremendous effort put fourth by all of the students. The mayor of Elizabeth stopped by and was thoroughly impressed by the young artist. "Who would have known, 3 year-old's can do Van Gogh!" said one of the Board's trustee members. 

Families and community members were also treated to the musical stylings of Micheal Williams an area instrumentalist who specializes in woodwinds. Williams played an array of different songs that ranged from saxophone to flue stylings.  

The evening was a huge success and showcased the true spirit of Jefferson Park. Finding ways to bring the community together around the children is a great way to build confidence. Have you ever thought of having your own art show at your home or school? Have you found your preschooler was enlightened by the experience? Share your thoughts and comments.   

Healthy Cooking Parent Class

On Thursday, March 21st our director rolled up her sleeves and showed the families and staff members how to prepare a healthy delicious meal. Ms. Rouse talked about the importance of incorporating fresh vegetables and fruits into each meal. She also emphasized the importance of eating "whole foods" foods that were closest to their natural state. Ms. Rouse dispelled the rumors about eating healthy being more expensive, all the ingredients in the dish that was prepared were less then $10. 

She talked about how to be a good healthy example to their families and how making simple healthy choices daily would result in dramatic changes down the light. The dish that was prepared was Vegetable Brown Rice Risotto.  

Ingredients :

3 cups cooked brown rice, 2 cups cubed cooked tofu, 1 cup mushrooms, 1 cup red peppers, 2 cups zuchinni, 1/2 cup cilantro, 1/4 cup dill, 2 Tbs safflower oil, 1 Tbs Tropical* Sazon, 1 can coconut milk

1. Saute all the veggies together in a fry pan with the oil until veggies are tender 

2. Add in tofu and brown rice and stir on medium-high heat

3. Lastly add in coconut milk and Sazon spice and stir for a few minutes