“B-Social” Building Social Opportunities and Connections in an Inclusive Learning Community

Stillwater Township Elementary School Social Worker Ruth Najemian and Special Education Teacher Maureen Riva of Sussex County were awarded a $,8771 grant from the Hipp Foundation. Stillwater’s at-risk students in grades K-6 have a need for a program that embeds innovative social and emotional skill-building opportunities into the daily school experience in both inclusive and self-contained settings.

The “B-Social” program will begin with the grand opening of the “B-Social Lounge” and include a parent luncheon to discuss program goals. Students will be able to invite general education students to the “B-Social Lounge” and engage in activities on a weekly basis. The lounge will include a game table, comfortable seating for discussions, arts and crafts, board games, and sensory games.

Each month of the program an innovative student-centered theme will be selected. The theme will be tailored to specific learning objectives designed for student goal mastery. Monthly themes will comprehensively build upon each set of correlating learning objectives to provide progressive learning experiences that empower students to take risks and maximize potential throughout the program.

Next, the “B-Social School Store” will be established by students during the monthly theme “Being Social Entrepreneurs.” Money earned by the store will be used for future service projects.

Other monthly themes involve a food drive for a local soup kitchen, a holiday gift drive, a school play, and a board game tournament for staff and students.

The program will close with a performance of a play for parents and teachers.

Students will design, create, and facilitate an end of year celebration for parents, teachers, and community to commemorate a year of social, emotional, and academic growth.

For further information contact:

Ruth Najemian
School Phone: 973-383-3998

 Read more about B-Social from the NJ Herald newspaper.