Ms. Dima and Mr. Marck from Maya Angelou Public School 20 collaborated together with Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey’s 2020 Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest. Ms. Dima is a fifth grade ELA teacher, who has looped with these students for two years. Mr. Marck, the art teacher has had them for multiple years. Both classes worked extremely hard on researching and writing about their endangered animals while sketching and coloring their art pieces. Ms. Dima and Mr. Marck carefully chose and submitted a total of eight students to the contest. They received over 3,000 entries from across the state of New Jersey. The contest judges felt that our student’s entry was exemplary and were proud to name Danica Needham as the first place winner from Hudson County. Danica's essay and art project was an informational piece on Humpback Whales. They also felt that Luis Lopez deserved the second place award in Hudson County. Luis's essay and art project was an informational piece on the Bronze Copper Butterfly. We are happy to say that both students were honored and excited to learn the wonderful news! Both teachers were ecstatic as well! Unfortunately the award ceremony in Trenton at the NJEA will be postponed for now.