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Ridgewood Students Hear From Firefighter, Opera Agent, Banker

Ridgefield Park's Police Officer Rellinger reads to children at the Ridgewood Montessori School. Photo Credit: Facebook
Mr. Winnert is an investment banker. Photo Credit: Facebook
The students get a feel for yoga. Photo Credit: Facebook

RIDGEWOOD, N.J. — Students at the Ridgewood Montessori School got visits from firemen, teachers, vocalists, investment bankers and more for Occupation Week the week of Feb. 8.

Guests included:

  • Mrs. Bajon (Ivanna's mom) is a nutritionist whose job is to counsel children and their families to improve their overall health. She discussed the various food groups with the class, showed them a food group plate, and shared examples of healthy foods and eating habits. She read the book "The Two Bite Club" which sparked discussion in the classroom about being brave enough to try new foods.
  • Fireman Hank (Sadie's Dad) is an EMT and a professional fireman with the Ridgewood Fire Department. He discussed his various responsibilities as a firefighter showed the children how he dresses in his turn-out gear to prepare for going out on a fire call. He also explained the various tools he carries and under what circumstances he would use them. Each of the children was given a fireman's hat and a bag filled with goodies.
  • Mr. Aliberti (Alexander's Dad). Mr. Aliberti is an engineer who designs multiple medical devices. The children learned about how the heart functions and that sometimes the heart needs a little bit of help working through various devices. He gave each child a pacemaker to take home.
  • Ms. Joanna (Rosie & Rory's mom) is a yoga teacher who teaches fitness instruction to children and adults. She came into the classroom and showed the children a variety of yoga poses, which they were able to practice along with her.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Larson (Andrew's parents). Mrs. Larson talked briefly about her job working for American Express. Then Mr. Larson shared with the children his occupation as an agent in the opera industry. He explained that opera is a story told through singing, often in a different language.
  • Officer Rellinger (Ms. Rellinger's daughter) works as a police officer for the Ridgefield Park Police Department. She talked about the various duties of an officer and explained that the children should not be afraid to ask an officer for help, as police are here to protect and help people.

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