HACKENSACK, NJ -- This past Wednesday, public school employees throughout Bergen County participated in a show of pride in Bergen County’s public schools, tying red ribbons around trees or otherwise showcasing them, as part of an on-going “Red for Ed” campaign.

May 1 is known as International Workers’ Day, and this year was the first time a Bergen County-wide event was organized, under the leadership of Bergen County Education Association President Sue MBride.

“Bergen County schools are among the best in the nation, not just the state,” said McBride. “The red ribbon campaign is about inviting the parents and community to join us in showing their pride and support for public schools across Bergen County.”

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“Here in Hackensack we are so fortunate to have teachers who are committed to education, and give everything they have to ensure our students will excel in academics, and grow to become well-rounded and productive members of our community,” said Hackensack Board of Education Member Lara Rodriguez. “On behalf of the Hackensack Board of Education, and as a parent of a student in our school system, I offer my deepest gratitude and thanks to the teachers and administrators of the Hackensack public schools as well as the teachers and administrators of all the public schools in Bergen County.”

“The Red for Ed campaign represents our intentions to let legislators know that we are not going away. We are worthy. We matter, and it's time they ‘Fix the Unfairness,’” said Donna West, Hackensack Education Association President.

“Families come to Bergen County, and remain here in large part because of our exceptional public school system. If the schools are the backbone of Bergen County, then surely our wonderful teachers are the life-blood that enriches our schools and by extension, our children,” said Rodriguez.