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Gearing up to the 2014 Hopewell Harvest Fair (HHF) on September 27th, we at MercerMe will be highlighting many of the HHF grant recipients in our “HHF Proudly Supports” series. HHF is not just a fun one-day event; its giving lasts the whole year through via grants to local non-profits.

Tonight, the annual Hopewell Elementary School (“HES”)  Science Fair will be held at HES between 5-8:30 pm and is open to all members of the HES community.

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This year, 240 students, Kindergarten through 5th grade, will share their project and science experiments.  The event has been supported by many sponsors and grants from not only the Hopewell Harvest Fair but also grants from Janssen and the Hopewell Valley Education Fund (HVEF). Further, the science fair is staffed by many members of the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, as well as parents and independent community volunteers, including judges from Princeton University, ETS, Google and other notable organizations.

Back in the “good old days,” we were required to participate in a school’s science fair. It’s not the case at HES! Nearly half the school’s student population is participating and doing it for the love of science.

D1's HES Science Project. Now the cat's out of the bag -- either D1 is named Gloria or D1 is doing a project named "Gloria"
D1’s HES Science Project. Now the cat’s out of the bag — either D1 is named Gloria or D1 is doing a project named “Gloria”

The HES Science Fair also supplements classroom instruction by allowing students to choose and study a topic of their own interest. PTO Science Fair committee chair, Michele Sawicki, shares that this process helps the students “make decisions, problem-solve, conduct their own research and tests, and then analyze and present results, learning to use the scientific method.” This type of voluntary hands-on learning not only allows students interested in science to delve deeper into scientific areas of interest but also helps provide that “first spark” of love to science in those students who are just beginning to get excited about it.

And the event doesn’t just stop at very cool science projects! The agenda for the evening is jam packed:

  • photo3“Scientific Community and Parent Expo” from 5-8pm. Some highlights include Eyes on the Wild with live animals, a “Bubbles” demo by Garden State Discovery MuseumStony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association bringing a live animal, the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society showing fossils, and a member of the Amateur Astronomers Association show how to take a Trip to jupiter, Mars, and saturn using Telescopes.
  • Science Show “Bugs of Blackwood” from 7-7:45pm, presented by Piccirillo Sciencetellers, a New Jersey based organization offering interactive programs that use science experiments to tell stories.
  • Sticks and Stones, Hopewell Boro’s own toy store, will be selling science-related toys and donated 10% of the proceeds to the science fair.
  • Food served: Antimo’s Italian Kitchen will be sell pasta, pizza and salad. And for dessert, HES’s 5th grade is hosting a bake sale.

The Hopewell Harvest Fair is proud to support this and many other local organizations and events. If you want to get involved in helping out, please email volunteer@hopewellharvestfair.org.

MercerMe’s Mary Galioto excited to be on the board of the Hopewell Harvest Fair this year and to help promote the HHF and its various grant recipients. MM will be represented at the Hopewell Harvest Fair this year. Come say hello!

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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