Ethel A. Jacobsen School’s Garden-Focused Classroom Close-Up NJ Episode on TV and Online

Jan 10, 2018

Last fall, New Jersey Education Association’s Classroom Close-up crew filmed in the Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School garden, in Surf City, to collect footage for an episode that aired on NJTV earlier this winter, and will air again at 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m on Jan. 28. In addition, the clip is available to view online at

The weekly television magazine program focuses on innovative projects in the state’s public schools. E.J.’s episode synopsis reads, in part, “The students and their parents spend parts of their summer tending to the school garden, and during the school year they learn lessons from science to math to vocabulary.”

E.J. School Nurse Bianca Aniski, who oversees the garden, said at the time of the filming, “Each of us was flabbergasted to find out that Classroom Close-up NJ wanted to feature our schoolyard garden in a segment of their Emmy-award-winning program. We were stunned but well prepared because this is our eighth year of schoolyard gardening.”

The film crew visited the school on Oct. 3, and the pre-kindergarten to second-grade students, said first-grade teacher Sarah Esarey, “did what they normally do out in the garden”: they harvested vegetables, explored the parts of a sunflower, read books, released a butterfly and more.

A photo album of the schoolyard garden is online at —J.K.-H.

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