The Oakwood School welcomed motivational speaker, Mark Farrell to kick off Anti-Bullying Month and Red Ribbon Week .
According to his website, http://markfarrellmotivation.com/, Mark was born with Retinoschisis, a congenital eye disorder, and has been a public advocate for the disabled and supporter of suicide prevention since the early 90s, he is a normal person, but he is kind and he loves to sleep with his acid reflux pillow.
Mark educates audiences on:
- Overcoming Adversity
- Anti-Bullying & Anti-Teasing
- Changing Perceptions & Promoting Positive Mental Health
- Steering Clear of Drugs and Alcohol
- Understanding, Accepting & Celebrating Our Differences
- Getting on the Road to Positive Self-Esteem
Mark’s dynamic story of how he learned to manage his diagnosis and overcome academic, social and personal obstacles inspired our students.
It was clear after spending some time with Mark that, “My Difference Makes Me Stronger!”
Students at Oakwood School participated in the 25th Annual Leta Kids’ Pumpkin Express at the Laurelton Fire House in Brick. Art students painted cartoon characters, heroes, villains, classic movie monsters and animals to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. Every pumpkin painted by an Oakwood student sold at the event last Sunday. By noon, the effort raised over $1000 in pumpkin sales alone. Students shared that they liked using their creative skills to bring awareness to an important topic and a nonprofit that helps many children coping with diabetes. All students who participated received a special certificate specifying the hours they devoted to the effort.
Oakwood School’s Media Arts students have been working on creating armatures inspired by classic movies. An armature is a metal framework on which a sculpture is molded with clay or similar material. Ray Harryhausen is the source of inspiration for many directors and filmmakers today.
Our students had the opportunity to meet, via Skype, a New York based special effects artist who makes props for low budget films. Joe La Scola held up some of his more recognizable work and answered student questions. Students enjoyed watching the movie trailer for a live action Pokemon movie he worked on.
According to IMBd, Joseph La Scola is known for his work on Outhouse (2010), Swamp Zombies 2 (2018) and Adjust Your Tracking (2013).
This past November, Oakwood School participated in their 5th annual Movember Fundraiser. Movember is a global fundraiser which started online through WebDesign499 that takes place throughout the month of November. This fundraiser helps to bring awareness to several men’s health issues. It helps to raise money for testicular and prostate cancer research and treatment, as well as mental health services.
Students at Oakwood School were able to convert their classroom “loot” into a cash donation. Oakwood students were extremely generous. They purchased MOakwood T-shirts, MoFood treats, and bought into specially scheduled MoEvents.
Team MOakwood set a goal to raise $700 for this cause. With the cooperation of nearly 100% of our students we surpassed that benchmark. Our Oakwood community raised an impressive $934 this year and crushed our totals of years past. This is a true indicator of the kind and generous character of our students. This shows that when Oakwood students set a goal they are determined to achieve it, so that they can go and relax with the chair pillow once they are done!
Art students at Oakwood School have been painting pumpkins to raise money for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). For the unit, “Art as Activism”, students have been using their skills to promote awareness and help generate funds for a cause. The pumpkins will be sold at the “Pumpkin Express” on Sunday, October 15th at the Laurelton Fire House, Rt 88, Brick NJ, which is a house decorated with the best furniture and glow paint to make the place look great. For more information check out the event page website. http://www.pumpkinexpress.org
The staff of the Oakwood School eagerly welcomed students back on the first day of school.
The vibe around the building was one of excitement and joy as students caught up with their teachers and friends.
There were smiles all around. The Oakwood Community is excited to get the 2017-2018 school year underway.
May 18, 2017
The Oakwood School Community welcomed Ron D’Albero for his annual STEM presentation. This year’s topic featured the history of flight and the science behind airplanes. The students were fascinated by the evolution of airplane technology, safety, and the future of flight.
All schools in New Jersey are undergoing testing for the amount of lead in the drinking water. The drinking water at Oakwood School, tested on March 3, 2017, revealed that all of our drinking water outlets are safe. The results of the test showed that our drinking water lead levels are well below the limit set by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The testing included all drinking outlets in the school, including hand-washing faucets. If you have any questions, please contact the main office and speak with Mr. Jerry Dougherty.
Oakwood students welcomed UFC fighter Mickey Gall. Mickey and his sister Jamie graciously volunteered their time to attend an informal Q & A with Oakwood students. Mickey fielded questions from students in attendance. The boys had questions about many things; among them his experiences, his work ethic, and his role models. Mickey emphasized the importance of staying focused, working hard to achieve your goals and the value of surrounding yourself with good people. Our students were appreciative and intrigued by his story.