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New Rochelle Literacy Fair Develops Pupil Skills

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Columbus Elementary School student Marlon Hernandez is proud of the chocolate factory he made as part of the school’s literacy fair Thursday and Friday.

“We worked so hard on this,” he said.

Kindergarten, first- and second-grade teachers and students investigated how things change over time for this year’s 10th annual fair.

Hernandez and the rest of his class researched how chocolate is made from cocoa beans.

Each class selected a topic and focused on physical or environmental changes related to it. This allowed the students to discover how change over time can affect the living and non-living world around them.

Students used many methods of communication – reading, writing, listening, observing, illustrating, experiencing – along with language skills, knowledge about content and creativity.

Program director Georgine Fullerton said the fair is a culmination of all of the students' hard work throughout the year.

“This is their work,” she said. “We are showcasing their skills, their knowledge.”

The fair is also helps students meet education standards set by New York State.

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