Zongzi gift from Tainan Tzu Chi HS Elementary Department


This gift is hung outside the principal’s office. The school greatly appreciated the gift and the hand written Jing Si Aphorisms made by the Tainan Tzu Chi students. Jefferson students learned of the Dragon Boat Festival through the video conference on 4/30/2015.


Vegetable Garden at Jefferson Elementary School

Inspiring by students from Tainan Tzu Chi HS Elementary Department, Jefferson students learned to make their own composts as fertilizer, then applied it to their vegetable garden. This project was about from April 2015 to June 2015.

Each grade had their own vegetable patch to grow vegetables. The students put a sign on their own vegetable patch indicating what kind of vegetable they planted. In addition to taking care of the garden, they also observed how each kind of vegetable growing, and studied the produce after harvesting. Students not only had fun to work on the garden, they also gained hands on experience on decomposing, they also learned more about the vegetables in its life cycle.

In addition, the students also created a flower patch next to the garden. The flowers are still blooming beautifully to greet the students back to school for a new school year.


Hand picked fresh vegetables see, large squash, beautiful red peppers


Each vegetable garden patch has a sign showing what kind of vegetables have planted


Harvesting red hot peppers and green peppers


Flowers are blooming. Students planted before summer recess.

2014 Teacher’s Appreciation Luncheon at Jefferson Elementary School 新澤西傑佛遜小學敬師感恩餐會

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Tzu Chi hosted the third annual Teacher’s Appreciation Luncheon on September 26, 2014 in the teacher’s lounge at Jefferson Elementary School in Plainfield, New Jersey. The luncheon was held in celebration of Teacher’s Day or Confucius Day as a token showing Tzu Chi’s appreciation to teachers for their dedication to students. A lot of delicious vegetarian food was served, including tofu, rice noodles, cauliflower, long string beans, and fried rice, to promote a vegetarian diet for good health and environmental protection.


Tzu Chi also took the opportunity to donate 15 copies of Jing Si Aphorisms to new teachers in the hope of sharing Master’s words of wisdom with their students, family members, and friends.  ESL teachers were delighted to see the Jing Si Aphorisms book in Spanish since their students are bilingual. It is delightful to know that Jefferson teachers share Jing Si Aphorisms with students, such as “Make today count,” “Excellence is achieved by being mindful,” and “To seize the present is to seize the future.” In addition, Sister Angela introduced Tzu Chi’s English publications such as Life Economics and From Austerity to Prosperity which are available from Amazon. Journals about Tzu Chi’s humanitarian mission and charitable work were distributed among the teachers. Quite a few teachers were inspired by the story of the coin bank and adopted a bamboo bank. Over past few years, the principal and many teachers and students have adopted coin banks and returned them to Tzu Chi when they were filled.

慈濟志工也贈送了15本的四國語言<靜思語>和新進教師結緣。期望這些老師們能將 上人的智慧法語與他們的學生、家人和朋友分享。ESL(以英語為第二外語)老師很開心收到有西班牙文版本的靜思語,因為他們的學生大多是來自西英雙語背景的家庭。志工們也歡喜得知傑佛遜小學的老師已經開始跟學生分享靜思語,如: “今天只有一次,應好好把握該做的事”  “用心就是專業” “守住現在、當下即是”。慈禕師姊還介紹了可以在亞馬遜網路書店購買到 上人的兩本著作: “新的人生經濟學”與 “清貧致富”的英文版。志工們準備了介紹慈濟人文志業與慈善工作的慈濟月刊給老師們。很多老師都被竹筒歲月的故事所感動並進而認領竹筒。其實過去幾年來,校長、老師和學生也都認領過竹筒並將存滿的竹筒送回娘家。

The teachers happily expressed their gratitude for the food and the gifts. The event joyfully ended after the hard work of 11 Tzu Chi volunteers, who took time off from work to prepare and serve the food. It was a true demonstration of teamwork and commitment to Tzu Chi’s spirit of unity, harmony, mutual love, and concerted effort. This spirit enables Tzu Chi to build a lasting relationship with Jefferson Elementary School.


Science Fair at Jefferson (including environmental projects)

On April 4, Jefferson School students competed in a Science Fair to determine which students conducted the best experiments.  Over 240 students voted for the projects and judges selected the winning projects based on how well the hypothesis was established and tested and whether their data explained whether the hypothesis was proven or not.