FlexSchool Fanwood Students Spend FlexFriday at the Paley Media Center

Our Fanwood campus students recently attended a viewing of the Star Wars Holiday Special as it was originally aired in 1978. It was quite an adventure as the students boarded the train from Fanwood to Penn Station and a walk up 5th Ave. in New York City. After a hearty lunch it was time to walk to the Paley Media Center and settle in to watch the movie. Even though the movie special effects were quite funny compared to movie special effects of 2016, a great time was had by all of the students.

FlexSchool believes having our students in the community and part of the community is critical. It is the reason we place our campuses in the heart of the community. We also value the importance of teaching our students the skills to be independent adults. Watching the Stars Wars Holiday Special is a fun sci-fi outing but taking the train, navigating the city, being on time are all important life lessons. It is ideal when an opportunity to learn is also fantastic fun.

New York Comic Con

FlexSchool fanwood nj comic con special event

On a beautiful fall October day, we at FlexSchool boarded a train to NYC and encountered many TV and movie characters along the way: Indiana Jones, Dr. Who, and Heisenberg were just some…No, it wasn’t for Halloween, but rather for NY Comic Con when thousands of pop culture aficionados, some in full costume, descended upon the Javits Center. We found artists drawing fan artwork, handmade leather goods which inspired us to make our own, and even a ten-foot tall Hulkbuster*. Lego Master Builders worked on a life-size display that was reportedly going to take the full four days to construct. Holograms ephemerally appeared on mist. Doc and his DeLorean were attempting to hit 88mph. Graphic novels are becoming a recognized form of literacy and we have talented artists and writers among our students, so we encourage them in non-traditional ways. Comic book series often reference myths and literature, and I (as the English teacher) was pleased to see a Fahrenheit 451-themed interactive media one. Will we go again? Absolutely! And next year, we plan to have a FlexSchool group costume. Will we be characters from Harry Potter? Avatar? Divergent? Stay tuned to find out…

*For those of you not familiar with the Hulkbuster, please see news coverage of his appearance.

At FlexSchool, we understand that students learn from doing. This week, they enjoyed a day spent at #comiccon in NYC.

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