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Hoboken Hudson Hike

October 26, 2020 | Heather Palmer Welesko

Today is the day: the Hoboken Hudson Hike. No, it wasn’t the hike on Palisades Park, but it is perfectly aligned to our classroom study of immigration. Hoboken is the nexus of immigration: where so many people came by train and boat to go into America. We went to some of those places.


Then, we arrived at the amphitheater: and Ms. Kuperus told us about her uncle. Her family came here from Holland. Her uncle was bullied as a boy and got into some fights, and even went out on a date with a girl. Students were instructed to close their eyes and picture what it would be like to come into Hoboken on the ferry. Then we got to draw what we imagined. Below you can see Jack and Matias with their eyes closed, Ellie’s drawing, and Hannah with her art.


After that we headed to the train station to learn about how immigrants came into Hoboken. We drew some details of the station, then went to Pier A for snack and play. You can see some serious play time happening below!

Along the way Mr. Martino told us about some war monuments. We even stopped in a church and heard a beautiful organ. We learned to open our hearts and our minds: and to be thankful.

Heather Palmer Welesko

Assistant Teacher, Grades 2&3; Teacher, Literacy

Heather Welesko has taught at Mustard Seed School for seven years as an assistant teacher and for over five years as a literacy teacher. Prior to that she was a literature and writing composition professor at Kean University and Harold Washington College of Chicago. Heather has an MFA in writing and poetry from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MA in Leadership and Spiritual Formation from Evangelical Seminary.

Ms. Welesko has advanced training in the Handwriting Without Tears program; the Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Program, and the Responsive Classroom/ Development Designs Program through Origin. She continues professional develop through The Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She’s passionate about literature, creativity, comprehensive education, believes strongly in teaching identity and diversity awareness.

Ms. Welesko is a poet, artist, and yogi, and is currently learning French and Hebrew.

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