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NEWTON, NJ – Newton High School’s Life Skills students annual Harvest Fest was bigger than ever this year. Anticipated each year by faculty and administrators, the annual event was held on Nov 3. This year, they decided to invite members of the Board of Education.

Over the course of three lunch periods, two board members, three administrators and 54 faculty and staff members were welcomed.

The students of the life skills program offered at Newton High School, with


the guidance of their teachers and teaching assistants, planned and carried out all aspects of this event.

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The students read and analyzed recipes that they were going to use in order to prepare a grocery list to get the ingredients need to make the meals. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the class regularly goes to Shop Rite. The students were able to purchase the ingredients needed to make the meals for the luncheon.

“It was obvious that the students were proud of a job well done. Each student practiced their job prior to the event.” said Liz Fusco, one of the coordinators of the event, along with Nancy VanHorn.

Jobs included: greeter, cashier, meal server, dessert server, table cleaner, dish washer and dish dryer. A few peers from the Best Buds Club assisted with serving as well.

The students practiced life skills, such as meal preparation, place setting and cleaning tasks associated with a specific meal in the classroom. Other topics that were addressed were personal hygiene and communication and social skills.

The students were expected to present themselves in a professional manner for this event. Students practiced expressive and receptive communication skills during all activities.

“This event was a great opportunity for our students to use social skills, including using eye contact and speaking clearly. It was also a time for faculty, administrators, staff, and members of the Board of Education to come together.” said Fusco.

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