In a special ribbon cutting celebration on October 25, 2012, Link Community School and Novartis US Foundation opened Link’s much anticipated new science lab. Novartis provided the funding for the design and construction of the lab as part of its five-year $300,000 commitment to support science education at Link. The grant from Novartis will also fund enhancements to Link’s science program, including research projects, academic competitions, hands-on experiments and field trips.
Mr. Robert Pelzer, president and head of legal affairs at Novartis Corporation and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Novartis US Foundation, and Mrs. Maria Pilar Paradiso, Link head of school, cut the ribbons to open the lab. Also they unveiled a new sign in the science wing, naming the area in honor of Novartis for their continued support of the school for over twenty years. The ceremony also included welcoming remarks from Mrs. Wendy Lacey, former Link Board chairperson, who was chair when Link received the grant and began construction. 8th grade student Nasir Tobias thanked Mr. Pelzer for the lab and the grant and Mr. Errol LaGuerre, Link’s physical science teacher commented on the impact it will have on science at the school.
Additionally this event inaugurated the Novartis Science Mentoring Program, a program with scientists and researchers from Novartis Group Companies pairing with 10 Link eighth grade students who have exhibited a high level of interest in science – now and perhaps for a future career. The program will take place during the school day, in a special science enrichment class guided by Link science teachers Rosana Chanco and Errol LaGuerre. Mentors will connect with students electronically and in person to provide students with tutoring, advice and encouragement as well as to expose them to science beyond the classroom. The overall aim of the program is to help students learn so they are ready for science in high school and college and to inspire them to consider careers in the science field. It was exciting for the students to meet some of the scientists and researchers who will be their mentors at the ribbon cutting event. The enrichment class is set to formally begin the second week in November, 2012.
Link is grateful for the outstanding commitment and support of Novartis in providing an excellent education to the youth of Newark and the surrounding areas.
Thanks to PlaySmart, Inc., a group of 20 Link students spent a great day on the Princeton University campus last week. During a tour of the campus, our students met and spoke with a number of Princeton students, learning about life on a college campus. After a hearty lunch in Princeton’s Frist Campus Center, Linkers took to the stadium bleachers to watch a football game between Princeton and its long-time rival, Harvard University. Princeton won this homecoming game, in a stunning “come from behind”, 39-34!
Students and their chaperones, Mrs. Searcy and Mr. Hill, are grateful to Mrs. Lisa Surace, a Princeton alumna and member of PlaySmart’s board and Mr. Mike Trepper, executive director of PlaySmart for this wonderful eye-opening opportunity to experience a college campus for a day. PlaySmart is a community-based activist charity committed to helping under-served kids in inner-cities and rural areas across the United States to reach their academic potential through sports and has partnered with Link for over ten years.
Mr. Ronald Temple, a Link Community School trustee, will be honored at A Taste of Newark for his dedication to and support of Link over the past several years. Mr. Temple has served on the Board at Link since 2006, and is currently chairing our Development Committee. Not only has he been personally generous to Link, Mr. Temple has worked hard to strengthen the school’s development efforts, including introducing numerous supporters to Link. Mr. Temple is passionately committed to equality of educational opportunity, and his work with Link and its mission – to provide an excellent middle school educational experience to youth from families of limited means – is a testimony to that passion. To learn more about Mr. Temple, click here.
Link is pleased to invite you to the 15th annual A Taste of Newark to be held on Thursday, November 15 between 5:30 and 9:30 pm at NJPAC. This event is our major fundraiser, and the proceeds provide 25% of the school’s operating budget. To learn more about this fun evening of delicious food, exciting silent auction and thrilling student performances, click here.