FlexFriday Covanta Tour

Our FlexFriday tour for Friday, October 7 was to the Covanta Union facility in Rahway, NJ.FlexFridays combine learning and community for special hands-on tours and lectures.

FlexSchool would like to thank Covanta – Rahway, NJ, Todd Frace, Chief Engineer and Brie Parker, Marketing Manager for a very fun and interesting FlexFriday learning experience.

We began our tour with a very informative presentation by Todd Frace, Chief Engineer. He explained the process our trash goes through to become electricity but first, we all learned about the safety gear we would need to tour the facility. With hards hats, safety vests, and goggles on we were ready to watch trash turn into energy.

All the collected waste begins the journey on the Tipping Floor. From here it travels to the ovens with advanced filtration to destroy the fumes. After this it is turned into electricity. We learned this facility processes 1500 tons of solid waste EACH DAY which creates enough electricity to power 30,000 homes! It is also environmentally friendly to turn waste into energy. According to the U.S. EPA, for every ton of municipal solid waste processed at Energy-from-Waste facilities, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by approximately one ton. This is due to the avoidance of methane from landfills, the offset of greenhouse gases from fossil fuel electrical production and the recovery of metals for recycling.


Watch the video below to get a sneak peek into our FlexFriday tour!


Jockey Hollow

FlexSchool-fanwood nj-JockeyHollow-

FlexSchool Ventures Out for Historic Lesson

After a brief early morning history lesson in the classroom, intrepid Flex School students then ventured out to explore the American Revolutionary War encampments at Jockey Hollow, just outside of Morristown. History came alive in a sense as students walked the same grounds in which thousands of colonial patriots camped during the brutally cold and snowy winter and spring months of 1779-1780. A brief introductory film and an informative discussion with a park ranger helped put the history of the period in perspective for students who were then free to explore the grounds with their classmates and teacher – the farm owner’s house and barn and gardens, the replica cabins that “housed” the colonial regulars, the orchards surrounding the camp, the soldiers’ parade grounds in which they drilled in close-order marching, etc.

General George Washington’s main Continental army over-wintered here in the strategically located hillsides, safe from British redcoats quartering in warmer and more luxurious accommodations in New York City. Although the winter was tough, one of the snowiest on record, few colonials perished: American officers had learned lessons from experiences at Valley Forge. The tide of the war had changed; Washington’s army had already beaten Hessian and British forces at Trenton and Princeton, respectively, and, though the war would last another three years, the patriots had so frustrated the British in New Jersey that the Redcoats took the war out of the state to the South, where they were soundly defeated in Yorktown, Virginia, the battle that acknowledged American independence.

Knowing where we come from informs who we are and where we are going. FlexSchool is committed to providing and exposing our students to all we can in our area, and being able to take the creative school out of the classroom and into the ‘past’ is a valued experience for all of us.

Click here to see images from this event and more on our FlexSchool gallery.

At FlexSchool, we build our curriculum around providing all around high-quality educational experiences for our students. Visit https://flexschool.net