5 Things: It’s Homecoming Week
Livingston Education Foundation gears up for some special guests and special events.
1. President Barack Obama’s top economic adviser Alan Krueger is coming home this weekend as one of five new members being inducted into the Livingston Hall of Fame. The LHS alumni honored have an impressive list of accomplishments, including have the ear of the president and writers and scholars with far-reaching influence on economic and health issues.
This year's inductees are: Robert E. Grady, class of 1975; Charles “Chuck” Jaffe, class of 1980; Alan B. Krueger, class of 1979; Alfred Savia, class of 1971; and Joanne Silberner, class of 1973.
These special guests will visit to speak to high school students connecting their personal experiences, education and achievements with current students’ interests and class content.
2. On Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Livingston Education Foundation (LEF) and its partners will host a LEF Barnes and Noble Bookfair at the Livingston Mall located on 112 Eisenhower Pkwy.
The public will be welcomed from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. by Livingston Education Association (LEA) teachers and staff as well as Livingston Public School Administrators who have volunteered to read to pre-k and elementary school children. “We have a lot of volunteers from our elementary, middle and high schools who want to participate,” said Wendy Gelman, Livingston High School teacher and LEA liaison to the LEF.
Teacher wishlists will be made available for parents and students to purchase as gifts to go back to the classrooms of the Livingston Public Schools. The donors can choose to have a special name plate placed in the gift at the register when they make the purchase.
Bookfair activities will continue on Sunday, Oct. 16 with individual book club meetings. “The members of my book club have invited our own children to read this month’s book selection, The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien,” said Heidi Cislo, LEF President. “We will be joined by English teacher Jaimee Mirsky who teaches from this book as part of the Livingston High School sophomore curriculum. It is one of her favorites.”
From 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., there will be an Open Mic with performances by Livingston High School students. Run by the high school Community Action Committee and supervised by LEF partner Healthy Community Healthy Youth (HCHY), this activity was extremely popular last year. Audience members can gather to hear performances at the inside entrance to Barnes and Noble. The show will feature covers and original music played by individuals and groups. Middle and high school students are encouraged to attend with their friends and families.
A percentage of Barnes & Noble book, DVD, music, food and Nook purchases will benefit educational initiatives of the Livingston Public Schools. By bringing a bookfair coupon downloaded from the LEF website to the store, participants can help to provide funds toward Technology for the 21st Century Classroom.
The bookfair is not limited to in-town participants. Coupons brought to most Barnes and Noble booksellers will be honored whether the purchase is made in New Jersey or across the country. Online shopping at BN.COM/bookfairs from October 15 through October 19 using the Bookfair ID #10525764 will also provide proceeds to the Livingston Public Schools.
Hall of Fame Dinner
3. The Hall of Fame Dinner will be Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Hill Country Club, Livingston. Background music will be played by student representatives of the LHS String Orchestra, a 100-member multi-faceted performing group, under the direction of music teacher Nancy Ciminnisi.
In addition to the Hall of Fame Honorees, several members of the Livingston education community will be presented with a LEAD Award for Leadership in Educational Achievement and Dedication. This year, the Foundation will recognize Eli Gorelick, Robert L. Grady, Melvin Klein, Pam Clause McGroarty and Jerry Walker to honor their efforts toward the creation and success of the Livingston High School Hall of Fame.
Proceeds from the Dinner will go to support Technology for the 21st Century Classroom in the Livingston Public Schools.
4. At 1 p.m. on Saturday, the Homecoming Football game played against West Side High School on the LHS Turf will showcase our student athletes and LHS Marching Band. Members of the 50th reunion class are expected to attend. At 3 p.m. in the LHS Fitness and Wellness Center there will be a Girl’s Varsity Volleyball Quad. Both events are open to the public.
5. The following weekend, on Sunday, October 23 LEF is excited to once again be partnering with the Big ‘L’ and the West Essex YMCA for the Livingston 5-K Run.
This multigenerational event will feature Fitness Fun set-up and manned by Livingston Public Schools Physical Education Teachers, a 1-Mile Run/Walk, a 5-K Run certified by the US Track and field of NJ and booths providing information about health and wellness and health and wellness products.
LEF is looking for volunteers to act as race marshals the day of the 5-K Run. Those interested, please email Arnold Gerst at email@example.com.
To find out more about the LEF and the Homecoming Weekend 2011, go to www.livingston.org/lef.