Franklin Lakes November 18, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 5 Special education program earns School Leader Award by Frank J. McMahon The Franklin Lakes Board of Education has announced that a special education program developed by Dr. Marcy Pryor, a Franklin Avenue Middle School special education teacher, has won the New Jersey School Boards Association’s 24th Annual School Leader Award. School Leader Awards recognize public school programs that provide innovative and creative ways to educate children. Dr. Pryor’s winning program, “Beads ‘n Me,” is an original, integrated learning experience involving a classrun company that was created in 2007 to produce and sell beaded ID lanyards. Today, the students manufacture and sell more than 50 different styles of custom-made lanyards, necklaces, and eyeglass chains, while obtaining hands-on learning opportunities. “This original project is about a different type of vehicle used to teach students, any students, and especially those that learn differently,” Pryor said. “Beads ‘n Me confirmed that students learn best from participating in activities that interest them. The project also solidified the idea that great lessons can be developed through real-life situations and innovation.” Pryor emphasizes that, while the main profits from Beads ‘n Me are enhanced self-esteem and a love for learning, the monetary profits to date total more than $4,000 and all profits are donated to various charities which are decided upon by the students. Those charities include: Iron Matt, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, American Cancer Society, Oprah’s Angel Network, Alliance for Lupus Research, the North Shore Animal League, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The students participate in all aspects of business from production to controlling inventory and interacting with customers. In addition, the students create graphs and spreadsheets, solve real-life word problems, use a cash register, learn measurement skills, and write letters. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Roger Bayersdorfer praised Pryor for her work on the program and congratulated her on the award. He said, “The selection of this award helps Dr. Pr yor’s program stand out as one of the (continued on page 35) But STILL can’t lose that Tummy or Cellulite? Call me about VelaShapeTM A NEW Nonsurgical method of Fat reduction and body contouring • Non-invasive • No Anesthesia • No Downtime Beverly Dunn, MD Waldwick, NJ • 201-445-0032 Dieting? Working Out? New School of Dance Arts Offering age appropriate classes in including Pre-School Dance for 3 Year Olds, Jr. Gymnastics for Pre-K & Kindergartners, Dance for Definition - Adult Classes, Beginner Ballet Classes for High School Students, Yoga, Dance Essentials & Boys Only Classes. Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Creative Movement, Contemporary Dance NEW CLASSES STARTING JANUARY 16 & 18 Godwin Plaza Godwin Ave, Midland Park, NJ 07432 201-444-3929 ����������������������������� ������������������������ ����������� YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD NEWSPAPER ������������ Saturday, November 21 Come on down 11 am - 2 pm Free food, drinks & prizes Fall specials available now for a limited time only. Call Robin at 973-636-7000 Midland Park Shopping Center 85 Godwin Avenue Midland Park 201-857-3464