Stepping Stones Students Celebrate Read Across America Week, St. Patrick’s Day, and World Down Syndrome Day

Stepping Stones student doing an apple stamping art project

March was filled with fun activities for students at The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones School.

During Dr. Seuss Week, children enjoyed goofy and fun theme days, including Crazy Hat Day, Crazy Hair Day, and Wacky Wednesday. They dressed as superheroes and sports stars, painted apples, graphed with goldfish, and enjoyed a visit from the Cat in the Hat himself (also known as assistant principal Jennifer Spence).

In preparation for St. Patrick’s Day, students planted clover seeds, mixed colors to make green shamrock paintings, played games with gold coins, and rolled dice to graph matching shamrock colors. On the big day, the children wore green, danced to Irish music, and enjoyed special snacks of Irish soda bread and green applesauce.

On March 21, the school festively celebrated World Down Syndrome Day, wearing silly socks, dancing to a custom-made video, and creating DS awareness ribbons. They enjoyed a special pizza lunch and ice cream treat.

The Arc of Essex County’s Stepping Stones School is a Department of Education approved private school for students with disabilities serving children ages 3-10.  Located in Roseland, NJ, the school is designed to meet the developmental and educational needs of children with cognitive impairments such as Down syndrome and other students with similar educational and developmental needs.  For more information, or to request a virtual tour and assistance with an out-of-district placement, contact Sue Brand, Director of Early Childhood and Education at (862) 210-8781 or