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Combining a Service Project and Math

June 7, 2023 | Becca Brasser

Several weeks ago, we started collecting items for The Lighthouse, and it was so exciting to see how the children took ownership of the collecting and documenting of the items brought to school!

Each day, the children tallied the items collected in groups of ten. For each item, a yellow circle is added to a ten-frame. When a ten-frame is filled, we counted by tens, then added the remaining yellow circles. This builds on the concepts the children have developed during our recent math investigation into using two-digit numbers! 


Now that our project has ended, we have a final tally!

We collected: 

14 containers of coffee

37 cans of tuna

30 rolls of paper towels

18 packs of baby wipes

88 rolls of toilet paper

The Lighthouse is a project run by the Episcopal Churches of Jersey City. It is an organization dedicated to providing housing, hope, and healing for refugees, asylees, and immigrants who’ve been recently released from detention. We are excited for the opportunity to show hospitality to our new neighbors at the Lighthouse through our collection!


After we returned from our field trip on Friday, we delivered the collection items to Ms. Jill, who is the Episcopal deacon in charge of the Lighthouse.


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Becca Brasser

Teacher, Grade 1

Becca Brasser has been teaching first grade at Mustard Seed School since 2002. She’s passionate about teaching children to read, write, experiment, and take risks as they explore the world around them. Her own studies (including a Master of Arts degree from New Jersey City University) have given her expertise and experience in the area of literacy education.

Ms. Brasser especially enjoys taking her students on field trips all over the New York Metropolitan area, traveling on foot, subway, bus, commuter train, and ferry. Some favorite trips: the Hudson Hike, the New York Transit Museum, and the Central Park Zoo to study penguins.

Although she lives in the city, Ms. Brasser loves escaping to nature and finding it in her everyday life as well. She loves to explore rivers and lakes, woods and mountains with her husband Matt, their daughter, Annika, and son, Theo.

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