WOODLAND PARK, NJ – Prior to the June 10 Woodland Park Board of Education meeting, a retirement celebration and open house was held for Charles Silverstein, who will be retiring from Memorial Middle School this month, after serving as principal for 24 years.

The cafeteria was packed full of current and former students and their parents, who came to wish Mr. Silverstein well on his next chapter.

State Sen. Kristin Corrado presented Mr. Silverstein with a resolution from the Senate/Assembly acknowledging his extraordinary contributions to education as both a teacher and administrator.

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“There is nothing more wonderful than to celebrate all that (Mr. Silverstein) has done here,” she said, “and to see all the lives he has touched.”

MaryAnn Perro, Board of Education President, presented Mr. Silverstein a plaque commemorating his years of service as well as a new fishing pole and other gifts. The plaque notes appreciation for his diligence, dedication and distinction.

While Silverstein noted it will be very strange not to come to Memorial School every day, he is looking forward to spending time with his family, fishing, gardening and traveling.