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Mary Ellen Kramer Park Closure Announcement from the City of Paterson
Due to landscape improvement project, Mary Ellen Kramer Park, landing & footbridge will be closed on November 4, 2013. The project may be completed by end of 2014. Reservations for NPS programs will still be taken. Falls can be viewed from Overlook Park
Paterson Great Falls NHP 'Adopts' School #7
Contact: Ilyse Goldman, (973) 523-5295
Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park 'Adopts' School #7
Paterson, N.J. - Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park and Paterson Public School 7 today announced the beginning of an educational partnership that will achieve the shared goals of educators and the new national park. The partnership will culminate during the National Park Service's 100th anniversary in 2016 when that year's graduating class will unveil their capstone service project to enhance the visitor experience at the park.
"The National Park Service is looking forward to a second century of stewardship of America's special places. But to be successful in the next century we have to begin teaching the values of historic and natural preservation to the next generation of park stewards," said Darren Boch, park superintendent. "With an eye to 2016, we've decided to launch an 'adopt-a-class' program with School #7, and hope that the pilot program serves as a springboard to further partnership opportunities throughout the school district."
The project will connect the educational goals of the National Park Service (NPS) with those of the school district and will focus on National History Day and the development of place-based lesson plans on art, science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
When asked why she was interested in partnering with Paterson's newest neighbor, Dr. JoAnn Cardillo, Principal of School #7, said that she "has a strong belief that the National Park Service could offer many educational and job-related opportunities for our students while instilling a sense of pride for the role that their city played in developing the nation."
While the program will touch upon all classes at the school, it will foster a close relationship with the NPS and the 2016 graduating class. That class, currently in the 5th grade, will benefit from a 4-year spiraling curriculum designed to immerse students in the values and experiences to be found in the NPS as well as provide job skills and introduce them to career opportunities with the agency.
About Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park
Did You Know?
Samuel Colt was an early Paterson business owner? From 1836 until 1842, his gun mill produced about 5,000 guns. A lack of government contracts was a major factor in his failure in Paterson. He later achieved success in his hometown of Hartford, Conn., with the outbreak of the Mexican-American War.