Banyan School Students Strut Their Stuff on The Runway

Abby Gerne shows off a maxi dress from Target at the Banyan School fashion show. Credits: Banyan School
Anthony DeRosa wears an outfit from Bob's Stores at the Banyan School fashion show. Credits: Banyan School
Ariella Niemczyk wears a floral dress from Lord & Taylor at the Banyan School fashion show. Credits: Banyan School
Ben Rosen wears clothes from Gap Kids at the Banyan School fashion show. Credits: Banyan School
Katelyn Neff wears Gap Kid fashions at the Banyan School fashion show. Credits: Banyan School
Talia Grossman in a pink party dress from Lord & Taylor at the Banyan School fashion show. Credits: Banyan School

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Banyan School students recently lit the runway and strutted their stuff during their 12th annual "Spring Fling" fashion show and auction, held at the Knoll Country Club West in Parsippany.

Started in 1993, Banyan School is a private, non-profit, state-approved school for children with learning differences. The elementary school and middle school is located in Fairfield. The high school, which opened its doors in 2006, and LIFE Academy (for 18 to 21), is located in Little Falls.

"Approximately 350 family members and friends cheered on 49 Banyan School super models as the they walked the walk down the 96-foot, U-shaped runway," said Linda McCabe, director of development.

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According to McCabe, the annual fashion show, is a much anticipated event for the Banyan School community, which is designed to give all the students who participate, the opportunity to shine and enjoy their own unique moment in the spotlight.

Trendy spring fashions were provided by Bob's Stores in Totowa, Gap Kids and Lord & Taylor, both located at Willowbrook Mall, and Target in Fairfield, she added.

"The clapping and cheering from the crowd was overwhelming as the models took their place on the runway," McCabe explained. "The fashion show was a great success. The models were spectacular and the families had so much fun!"

McCabe commended the school's philosophy, adding that for more than 23 years, it has helped students dream about their future.

"It has helped them believe in themselves and achieve academic success despite learning differences and challenges," she noted.

Wendy NcNeill, principal of Banyan Elementary School, also praised the event.

"We have the world's best models right here at Banyan Schools," she said. "They model kindness, respect, perseverance, and accomplishment each and every day."

Additional sponsors included American Roofing and Siding of Belleville, Investors Bank, Red Bank Pension Services, Inc., Haymarket Media, Inc., Intrep Solutions of Hasbrouck Heights, NVE Bank, Sussan, Greenwald & Wesler of Cranbury, and the Banyan Board of Trustees. The Banyan School also wished to thank the Gerne family, the Singh family, the Brandes family, the Niemczyk family, and the Tredinnick family for their support.

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