Dozens of families took a trip around the globe while staying within the walls of their school at “School 4 Around the World” on Thursday, Nov. 29. 

two photos of children smiling at around the world night

Students and their parents joined staff and special guests in having fun while learning about different lands.

Two gigantic maps were laid out on the gym floor, allowing students to walk through Europe and Asia when they picked a card and had to find the assigned country. The dancing station was a popular stop, with everyone working up a sweat to an African beat. Crafts set up in the reading room allowed children to learn about Australia, South America, and Antarctica.

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In the technology room, guests scanned QR codes with their phones, calling up student-made videos about the different continents.

The program was a Families and Schools Together function sponsored by the Linden Education Association, and was organized by fourth-grade teacher Gina Divito and the school’s FAST committee. The night started out with foods and snacks from Pomptonian Food Service in the cafeteria, which had globes on every table and was set up to represent North America. And the night ended with students winning prize baskets donated by local businesses.

Special guests included Board of Education members Tracey Birch and Ahmed Shehata; Supervisor of Social Studies Gregory Grasso, who provided the giant National Geographic maps; and LEA President Eloy Delgado.