Gateway Students Enjoy Special Needs Day at Liberty Science Center

Posted on January 2, 2019 By

On Special Needs Day at Liberty Science Center, 14 Gateway School students, Carteret, explored exhibits, such as the Touch Tunnel where they learned how to use all their senses to explore in the dark; and the “Eat and Be Eaten” exhibit where they encountered creatures like mole rats and tamarin monkeys. Students, following directions in a busy environment, also climbed the “Wonder Why” rock wall, built robots, and practiced social skills.

Erika Casablanca, the STEM instructor at Gateway, said, “The bus was quiet on the way home with tired students and staff who all agreed it was a fun and successful day.”

The Gateway School provides education, therapeutic, and behavioral support for children who have challenges, such as multiple disabilities, cognitively impairments, autistic spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injuries, behavioral disorders, or other health impairments. It is one of three RKS Associates state-approved special education schools that include the Alpha School, Jackson, and the Harbor School, Eatontown.

The Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305, offers two Special Needs Days throughout the year.

For more information or for questions about school enrollment, contact Erika Casablanca at or 732-541-4400; or Dana Giblin at 732-544-9394.

About Liberty Science Center (from the website); Liberty Science Center (LSC) features experiences for guests of all ages and stages of learning every day. But on Special Needs Days, LSC offers an entire day of science learning tailored to special needs classes. The program was developed by an advisory team of special education teachers, healthcare professionals, museum staffers, and parents of special needs children. Each Special Needs Day includes live science presentations, activities, and theater shows.

RKS Associates Schools: Gateway School: 60 High Street Carteret, NJ 07008 (732.541.4400); Alpha School: 2210 West County Line Road, Suite #1, Jackson, NJ 08527 (732.370.1150) ; Harbor School: 240 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724 (732.544.9394)