SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION
Riverside Square Partners with New Jersey Schools
Riverside Square, Bergen County's upscale shopping center, partnered with schools in northern New Jersey during 2002 to challenge students to a Presidents' Day Contest and the Our Children Remember mural to help the community remember lives lost during the World Trade Center disaster the prior year.
Fourth grade students throughout Bergen County were invited to participate in the Presidents' Day Contest. Children voiced their opinions on the qualities and characteristics of a leader, and stated their favorite president and why. More than 275 students submitted their responses, which were judged by Bergen County Executive William "Pat" Schuber, Hackensack Mayer John "Jack" Zisa, Louise Williams, executive director of the Teaneck, N.J. League of Woman Voters, and Liz Napoli, general manager of Riverside Square.
All entries were displayed at Riverside Square and the students were awarded $50 U.S. savings bonds at a ceremony attended by students, families, educators, shoppers and the media. Media coverage included The Record, local cable stations and multiple weekly newspapers throughout Bergen County.
As the school year drew to a close in June 2002, Riverside Square knew it must commemorate the terrible attack and loss of live at the World Trade Center. More than 110 Bergen County residents lost their lives in the disaster.
Riverside Square teamed up with The Record Newspaper in Education program to create Our Children Remember. Students throughout Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties were invited to submit artwork, poetry and short essays for a mural to be built at Riverside Square.
More than 1,000 school children from 41 towns participated. The Record published examples of the children's work in three full-page ads.
County Superintendents of Schools for Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties participated in the commemoration ceremony and joined in the ribbon cutting ceremony with the students. Also on hand for the dedication were students, teachers, parents, mall merchants, shoppers and the news media.
Media coverage included News 12 NJ, The Record, WB Ch. 10, Ridgewood News, among other weekly newspapers.
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