Students learn about America’s first ladies

METUCHEN — Sixth-grade students at Edgar Middle School received — and in turn, provided — valuable lessons in honor of Women’s History Month.

The students explored the topic of America’s first ladies through an interactive program offered by Optimum Power to Learn, an initiative aimed at integrating technology into education, and C-SPAN.

“First ladies have held pivotal roles in history throughout the years, and it’s important that young people appreciate the many contributions that these amazing women have made to our nation,” state Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-Middlesex) said in addressing the topic of the nation’s first ladies with the students.

Principal Kathryn Glutz discussed the students’ use of the C-SPAN documentary, “First Ladies: Influence & Image.” A student presentation on first ladies — including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Betty Ford, Eleanor Roosevelt, Edith Wilson and Dolly Madison — followed. Students then participated in a question-and-answer session with Pinkin.

“I’d like to thank the students for their engaging and informative presentations, and also Cablevision and C-SPAN for a program that helps make history come alive.”

Power to Learn provides its full suite of Optimum video, high-speed Internet and digital voiceover cable services to schools for educational use at no charge as part of Cablevision’s “Triple Play for Education” offer. These services are available to K-12 schools throughout the company’s service area in New Jersey, as well as in New York and Connecticut.

In addition to providing the technology, Power to Learn also provides innovative educational curricula and tools designed to make technology useful to teachers, students and parents. More information and content is available at