Marinelli felt the event was worthwhile and part of an important initiative.

"Being stigma-free is something that is so unbelievably important," she explained. " Without support and acceptance, our students, neighbors, colleagues, family, and friends who battle mental illness feel lost and alone. With the support of our staff, parents, students, the Board of Education, Little Falls Police Department, Mayor Damiano and council members, we did it. Together we made our 'Hand-In-Hand' event a beautiful one, that may have saved a life. What an amazing day!"

Mayor James Damiano also commented on the event.