– Students from the Juvenile Justice
Commission (JJC) participated in the 11th
Annual Science Fair today at the New Jersey
State Museum. Students from fourteen JJC
residential, day and transitional programs
took part in the event.
is a wonderful educational event that allows
the JJC’s students to do something
that all of their classmates across the
country do every year – participate
in a science fair,” stated Veleria
N. Lawson, executive director of the Juvenile
Justice Commission. “Our students
worked very hard to create these challenging
displays and to prepare their presentations.
With the support and guidance of their teachers,
who readily share their knowledge with our
students everyday, this science fair was
a successful and stimulating learning experience
for our students.”
Teams of students had between five and seven
minutes to present their displays, which
were independently scored by a team of judges.
Winners received trophies and science visual
aides to be used in the classroom. Each
student who participated in the event received
a medal and certificate of participation.
Students were also provided with information
describing ways to help make our world greener.
T-shirts and signage for the event were
provided by the JJC’s New Jersey Training
School sign shop, and lunch was prepared
by JJC student chefs participating in the
RESPOND culinary program at the JJC’s
Camden Residential/Transitional Program.
Educational services are delivered in accordance
with the New Jersey Department of Education’s
core curriculum standards. Students also
have the opportunity to participate in career-technical
courses in emerging and high-demand career
fields. In addition to the core curriculum,
JJC students are instructed in gang awareness,
respect and dignity, physical education
and life skills programs. JJC students attend