Town Topics Newspaper, September 2, 2020

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Four students from West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South have created a project to help keep those in grades K-5 engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kiko Yoshihira, Nandika Karnik, Carol Sun, and Asta Rossi are also offering a short story discussion and speech and debate class for

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to continue educating and enriching children during this time,” said Kiko, a rising sophomore. “It lets them connect with each other and learn at the same time. What we are offering is different from what would normally be offered in school. Because these are enrichment classes. The students can

back to the community.” T he clas s es are g iven via Zoom. “Instructors can choose to let their students talk to each other online,” added Kiko, who is teaching science exploration. ‘It creates a sort of community.” Among the offerings are story book club, speak and debate club, arts and crafts

before, and I really enjoyed it,” Kiko said. “The others are all passionate about independent learning, and that’s what we want to emphasize. We want to encourage students to discuss among themselves.” The initiative is loosely affiliated with Project Engage RVA, a nonprofit offering

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Included are advice and middle school students. share their passions, do club, and a creative writing enrichment courses taught High School Students tops for adapting to changes what they love, and give class. “I have taught online by high school students. To “We think it’s important Offer Enrichment Courses

Register For Classes At Dorothea’s House

Registration for Princeton’s Dorothea’s House fall 2020 language classes is open. Classes will begin the week of September 14 and will run for 12 weeks. D ue to t he COV I D -19 pandemic, all fall classes will be taught remotely. Instructors will notify students which internet-based tool to use. To view class descriptions, fees, and registration information, visit dorotheashouse.org and click on Italian Classes. Register by September 7 to avoid a late fee. For any questions, contact Linda Bruschi at LindaBruschi@dorotheashouse.org or leave a message for Linda at (609) 306-0773 to receive a return call.

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Information for Youth On COVID-19 Topics

To help youth and young adults stay healthy, motivated, and connected with their communities, youth. gov is providing information on a range of topics related to the pandemic.

Free Flu Shot Clinics At Locations in Town

Princeton has a series of flu clinics planned for this fall. More locations and dates will be added, including additional clinics at Princeton’s senior housing sites. In the meantime, flu shots are also available at local drug stores and doctors offices. Locations so far are Princeton Methodist Church, on September 12; Princeton Public Library, on September 26 and November 14; Princeton Senior Resource C e nter on O c tob er 13 ; Stone Hill Church on October 24; and Witherspoon Hall on October 28. The shots are free for residents without health insurance. Residents are advised to call ahead to reserve a time at (609) 497-7608. The best time to get a flu shot is early in the fall. For those who wait until later in the season, it is still beneficial to get vaccinated even into January or later, but people are encouraged to be “seen before Halloween.”