AROUND NJ

Technology allows people of all ages to escape

BY Leah Mishkin, Correspondent |

At this point, the stay at home reality has completely sunk in. It’s led some to get really creative

LaMonte Elementary School in Bound Brook is igniting their student’s imaginations with their morning distance learning show.

“The idea behind the show is to uplift students’ spirits and show them a familiar face,” said LaMonte preschool teacher’s assistant Louis Garbarini.

“Not only to be fun, but to help students establish a routine for themselves,” added principal Hipolita Hernandez Sicignano.

The daily production challenges the kids to dress like their favorite superhero or make a volcano at home during science experiment week.

Creativity is also giving New Jerseyans the chance to travel to Israel from their living rooms. Jewish National Fund USA came up with an idea to sponsor virtual adventures via Zoom.

Each household pays $50 to get a spot on a five day “tour bus” for an hour a day. The money goes to pay for real tour guides who join the group live from Israel.

Marci Robinson in Livingston is a volunteer Zoom bus captain.

“It was really a response because the economy in Israel was devastated and the tourism market was non-existent,” Robinson said.

She says more than 1,000 people have taken the virtual journey in the last two weeks.

“No jet leg, no packing, no getting ready, just turn on your computer and hop on the plane with us,” Robinson said.

Garden State residents even have a chance to shop at a virtual marketplace.

“Our participants on the bus range from young, older, singles, married, people with children. We had families joining us. The response has been amazing,” she said.

People have been forced to quarantine since the early 14th Century to avoid the spread of pandemics. But unlike those before us, we now have the technology that allows us to escape and connect.