FAIR LAWN, NJ – Christian Tawadros will not be forgotten.
Christian, who was killed when he was struck by a Bergen County Sheriff'c patrol vehicle crossing Route 208 in mid-April, now has a small memorial library in his name behind Radburn Elementary School.
District educators and town officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Radburn School on June 27 to officially open the Christian Tawadros Memorial Reading Library, which is a book box in the shape of a caboose behind Radburn that enables visitors to read or leave a book. Many of the books were Christian’s favorites.
“We created a reading library to honor Christian, this amazing boy, and thought it was an appropriate way to keep his memory alive,” said Principal Jill Lindsay, who added he loved to read.
Christian attended Radburn and graduated in 2017.
Dr. Rob Kahn, a hobbyist woodworker, created the book-sharing red caboose as part of the Fair Lawn and Rotary Book Sharing Project (this is one of many that are being placed/or have been placed around town in various styles/shapes).
Christian loved trains, so Dr. Kahn built the book depository in the shape of a caboose. His close friends, who were in Christian’s class at Radburn, created the art tiles that line the memorial walkway. His friends signed their names to the base of the caboose.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School Art teacher Kenji Yamashita framed Christian’s last artwork project and Principal Mike Weaver showed attendees a special note from his classmates in the Thomas Jefferson Middle School yearbook. Christian's artwork is on the bottom corner of the yearbook. The art and yearbook will be given to his parents.
Fair Lawn Mayor Kurt Peluso, Deputy Mayor Gail Rottenstrich, and Deputy Mayor of Community Affairs John Cosgrove presented a proclamation dedicating the Christian Tawadros Memorial.