Andover students celebrate New Jersey Day

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  • Photos by Laurie Gordon Students created an edible cake in the shape of New Jersey.




  • The Mountain Land, represents Sussex County — one of New Jersey's "faces."




  • Students collected canned goods to donate to the Sussex County Food Lock.



Third-grader Nina Bagaub beamed with enthusiasm as she animatedly described helping to decorate a giant cake shaped like the state of New Jersey.

"It was so much fun and we learned a lot about where we live," she said.

Each year, the fourth grade at the Florence M. Burd Elementary School in Andover, celebrates New Jersey Day.

New Jersey Day was held on Monday, April 14 this year and art teacher, Tracey Salvatore, said third graders also were able to participate.

The students in third and fourth grades started studying about New Jersey several months ago culminating with the day of celebration which included seeing a play at The Growing Stage in Stanhope, for the fourth grade class while the third graders took shifts decorating and putting together the cake.

The finished product included trees made out of pretzel sticks topped with green Chuckles candies, graham cracker crust to serve as sand for the beaches, blue colored sugar for the ocean with Goldfish crackers "swimming" in it, graham cracker bears in the forest regions, and gum sticks as the bridge to Delaware.

NJ Faces
Instead of learning about the state's regions, children studied New Jersey's "faces." They include the Jersey Shore, Garden Spot, Pine Barrens, Great Pathway, High Country and where we live — the Mountain Land.

They also read books about New Jersey including "G is for Garden State," "You," "New Jersey and the World," and "Railroads in New Jersey."

The railroads were interesting but it was the mines that peeked Linnea Decker's interest.

"I loved learning about the mining long ago and that there's a mine in Ogdensburg," she said.

Part of the celebration was giving back locally. The third and fourth graders collected canned goods (and urged the rest of the school to do so too) which they donated to Sussex County Food Lock.

"I can't believe how many colleges and universities we have," said Zach Robinson, "That's really neat."

The icing on the cake for the day was that the children got eat the large state confection that they'd created.

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