POUGHKEEPSIE – An off-the-cuff comment by a student led AP calculus teacher Denise DiCarmine to provide them with a rewarding experience after taking their final exam.
“Many of them struggled but they stayed with it and I’m proud of them,” DiCarmine said of the small class: Cristian Castellanos, Zae-la Douglas, Katia Estrada, Daniel Johnson, Gabrihanna Jones, Josiah Riggins, Gil Sanchez, Malik Williams and Keenan Wood.
“One of them said, “I wish we had a T-shirt that said, ‘I survived AP calculus,’” DiCarmine said. It turns out, she is a member of the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory PUF Studio (part of Hudson River Housing) and knows the manager, Anita Fina Kiewra, who teaches printing there.
DiCarmine presented the students with an equation to solve to find the volume of a spinning top and worked with them to design the T-shirt.
While on the trip, students learned about printing and how to make screen-printed items and the costs involved, what Hudson River Housing does and found out about jobs and possible volunteer opportunities. “It was a culminating party,” DiCarmine said, adding that unfortunately one of the students was unable to attend the trip.
She purchased T-shirts for all the students.