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The Branchburg News • May 2011 • Page 17 Scouts’ Gardening & Charity Bring Bronze Award

They planted much more than salad. In addition to tomatoes and cucumbers, they planted and har- vested swiss chard, kale, squash, eggplant, green beans, pumpkins, carrots and peppers. Some of them decided after harvesting tomatoes to go one step further and prepare homemade sauce with pasta and a salad and brought the whole meal to SHDY.

At the end of the growing season, the girls worked as a team to clean up the garden for the next year. The most important thing the girls feel they learned, however, was the value of how it feels to help those in need.

On April 15, the Junior Girl Scouts of Troop 956 held their Bronze Award cer- emony in the Old York School courtyard, followed by refreshments in the OYS gym.

In an effort to earn their Bronze Award, the Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 956 in Branchburg decided to take a good program and make it even better: The Old York School “Seed to Salad” program. As third grade students they planted and grew salad ingredients in the Old York garden, and near the end of the school year, every- one enjoyed a salad feast. During the summer, however, no one had volunteered to take care of the gar- den.

The Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 956 thought, “if we could enjoy the garden during the school year, why couldn’t others enjoy it all summer?” They saw this as an opportunity to make the garden even better by helping the local food bank.

For two summers, they took turns taking care of the garden with

each girl working at least 15 hours on the garden over the course of the project. They learned about composting as well as gardening. They planted new plants, watered and weeded the garden, harvested and delivered the harvested veg- etables (more than 100lbs of veg- gies) to Somerset County Food Bank, SHIP (Samaritan Homeless Interim Program and SHDY (Som- erset Home for Displaced Youth).

The Juniors of Troop 956 would like to extend special thanks to their little sister Brownies for their help. They would also like to thank the Rutgers Co-op for generously donating so many plants for the garden and the staff at Old York School for the constant interrup- tions to their day in allowing the girls access to the garden during the summer hours.

Last but not least, we’d like to thank our parents for being the taxi drivers and helping in the garden too! —article written by Troop 956, submitted by Melissa Legacki

Branchburg Dad Opens Learning Center Focused on Self-Paced Instruction

Luke Lee of Branchburg is bringing an innovative teaching method to the area with “E.nopi” - opening this month at 475 North Bridge Street in Bridgewater. E.nopi means “Child’s Eye Lev- el,” and E.nopi Learning starts with the concept of self-paced learning. At E.nopi a child will learn inde- pendently and proactively at his or her own pace, instilling a sense of independence and responsibil- ity, Lee said. Founded in Korea 34 years ago, E.nopi currently has more than 2.5 million students en- rolled in over 16 countries world- wide.

Lee, who has two boys, began pursuing his passion for better child education after experiencing his own dissatisfaction with avail- able programs.

“Unlike other learning centers, our goal is to place each child at the appropriate level for growth and success,” he said, explaining that E.nopi offers an individualized enrichment program that caters to students of all abilities. Each child has a customized starting point depending on his or her ability, re- gardless of age or school grade. “We want to adapt to each child and meet the needs of a variety of learners with different current

Math and English skills - so the highly capable students as well as the struggling students are equally excited and engaged. Certified teachers will monitor and inter- act with the students to motivate and improve the proficiency and understanding. Our philosophy is very simple: Kids learn only when they are engaged and they engage only when they are having fun,” he said.

E.nopi is the only program in the world that offers a math program that includes full critical thinking as well as the basic thinking cur- riculum and is recognized by the NCTM/NCTE (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics & National Council of Teachers of English.) “We have highly trained, certified teachers with a very low teacher to student ratio (1:4) to en- sure quality, dedicated attention.” E.nopi uses activity-based learning tools such as number cards, quiz- zes, blocks, audio books, thinking cubes and stories to create a solid foundation of problem solving and critical thinking ability in young children, which are the very skills necessary for a lifetime of success. For further info call 908-396- 2000 or visit www.enopibridgewa-

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