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Welcome to Project Launch Newton!

A Free After School Enrichment Program

Project Launch Newton will operate in accordance with the Newton School District schedule.

Project Launch Newton is a free out-of-school time enrichment program offered in the Halsted Middle School to children in grades 4 – 8 who reside in the Newton, New Jersey, school district.

Project Launch Newton is a unique collaboration between Project Self-Sufficiency and the Newton School District. Children participate in academic enrichment, creative pursuits, fitness and physical education, health and nutrition activities designed around a Science, Integration of Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) theme.


Each program day begins with 40 minutes of academic instruction followed by a nutritious snack. The goals of the program include:

Over the course of a year, children participate in building a STEM City, a creative learning environment which simulates real-life society by incorporating lessons from business, civic organizations and government agencies. Volunteers from the community are invited to assist with discussions of career opportunities and demonstrations using science, technology, engineering and math skills. The environment motivates children to learn by connecting the classroom to real life. Local professionals from a multitude of STEM fields serve as expert consultants, volunteering their time to help students to understand the relationship between their efforts in school and their future careers.

The focus of Project Launch Newton changes over the course of the year, and encompasses science projects, new product invention and business building, ballboys arts and culture, life sciences, community service, and participation in the musical at Halsted Middle School. Daily tutoring, homework assistance, fitness activities and lessons about nutrition are offered all year long. Projects connect learning with business, the legal system, energy, and conservation while integrating classroom skills and encouraging youth to develop the 21st century skills they will need to succeed in the workforce of the future. Participants are able to take advantage of a variety of field trips to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Buehler Challenger & Science Center, Adventure Aquarium, Longo Planetarium, Sterling Hill Mining Museum, and Lentini Farms. Summer activities will also include outings to local attractions, such as the town pool, community garden and local library.

Project Launch Newton supports the entire family. A full-time social worker ensures that parents can access the supportive services required to participate in their child's education:

Monthly Family Fun Nights allow parents and children to gather for dinner and a presentation about the month's activities. Participation in Project Launch Newton is available to children in grades 4 - 8 who reside in the Newton, New Jersey, school district. Transportation by bus is available to students to designated bus stops at the close of the program day.

Project 151: Food4Thought aims to raise funds to provide nutritious snacks to the children enrolled in the Project Launch Newton program. An individual donation of just $151.00 will give one child a healthy, daily snack for the entire school year. Donate online or mail in a completed donation form.


For information about registration, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 (Para obtener información sobre la inscripción, llame a Project Self-Sufficiency al 973-940-3500).

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This project was funded in its entirety with federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grant funds through a grant agreement with the New Jersey Department of Education.

Media coverage of Project Launch Newton: New Jersey Herald (9/3/2013,page one) - New Jersey Herald (9/3/2013, page two) - Township Journal - New Jersey Herald (9/18/2013, page one) - New Jersey Herald (9/18/2013, page two) - TREPS/Holiday Marketplace, The New Jersey Herald (12/16/2013)
To Contact Project Launch Newton, call Project Self-Sufficiency at 973-940-3500 or email
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