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National Geographic Map of Europe Coming to Edison School

Posted by Jana Krausfeldt on Dec 5, 2012

On Saturday, December 15th, students can depart on the ultimate international field trip with the arrival of one of the world's largest maps of Europe.  Measuring 26'x26', the National Geographic map enables students to embark on a mock tour of the world's second-smallest continent while learning about its rich history and diverse geography. What better way to teach young people the power of maps and the limitless depth of geography than a basketball court-sized map of a continent on which they can explore, tralve from country to country, hop around, compete in games, collaborate in activities and have lots of fun.  Socks are required on the map.

Each elementary school has been given an assigned visiting time, simply to allow students to enjoy the experience with their friends. Emerson School is invited to visit the map from 9 - 10 a.m.  However, if you are not able to make that time, please do come at anytime during the day (up until 3 p.m.). 

Other activities include a 20-foot-high GeoSphere, an Ellis Island interactive experience, an atlas adventure room, various culture rooms, a conversion room and much more. 

Edison School, REACH PTA and other sponsors have put a lot of work into making this a fantastic experience for our kids, and they are asking for help from those who are able to spare an hour or two.  If you are available, or perhaps have a responsible middle school or high school aged child looking for service hours, please email Principal Jim Pluskota at

To read more, please visit the Edison website. We hope you will take time to visit the map and experience the many wonderful activities available on the 15th. The map will be at Emerson on December 17-18 and volunteers are needed to assist in the gym while each class visits the map during their PE time. Please email Principal Beth Gregor at if you can spare a few hours on one of those days.

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