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Newark Fifth Graders Enjoy Annual Art Assembly with James Fiorentino

April 15th, 2024

by Rachel McGovern, Director of Education

Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey’s Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest
encourages fifth-grade students to create artwork featuring endangered or threatened species in
New Jersey. Every year, fifth-grade students from Ridge Street Elementary School in Newark,
New Jersey eagerly participate in this contest as an integral part of the Soaring with STEAM
curriculum. This curriculum includes a series of specialized lessons taught by CWF educators
throughout the school year. To honor these students’ engagement, CWF organizes an annual
assembly featuring acclaimed artist James Fiorentino. Renowned for his diverse portfolio
spanning wildlife, sports icons, and landscapes, James embarked on his artistic journey at the age
of fifteen, with his work showcased in the Baseball Hall of Fame. During his visit to Ridge Street
Elementary, James shared his inspiring narrative and engaged with the young artists on the
subject of art.

He generously devoted time to discussing art and his career before fielding questions from
students, addressing inquiries ranging from pursuing art as a profession to the themes within his
artwork. Additionally, James personally selected his favorite submissions from Ridge Street
Elementary, with the winning students receiving certificates signed by CWF’s Executive
Director, Liz Silvernail, and James Fiorentino himself.

James Fiorentino awarded certificates to the students who created his favorite art pieces. James poses with one winning student artist and CWF Director of Education, Rachel McGovern.

As the art assembly drew to a close, students admired both the Species on the Edge entries and
James’ own artwork. James graciously offered autographs to the students, adding a special touch
to the memorable event.

Thank you to our program sponsors for making the Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest and
the Soaring with STEAM program possible: PSEG Foundation, Atlantic City Electric, Church &
Dwight, David and Carol Lackland Family Foundation, The Merrill G. & Emita E. Hasting
Foundation, NJEA, NJ STEM Pathways, Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery, and The Zoological
Society of New Jersey.

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