PATERSON, NJ - The more than 3,000 members of the Paterson Education Association are taking the pride they have for their new heights, literally. As a way of celebrating all of the District’s graduates, the union that represents education professionals in Paterson’s public schools have installed two billboards around the city emblazoned with a message to all students in the Class of 2020.

“Even though we cannot celebrate in person, we don’t want to overlook the opportunity to offer our congratulations to the Paterson students in the Class of 2020,” John McEntee, President of the Paterson Education Association said of the creative idea.  “Regardless of whether they are graduating from PreK, kindergarten, eighth grade or high school, we want our students to know we are proud of them—now, more than ever.” 

Paterson School District closed their classrooms on March 17, leaving educators and their students to continue their learning remotely. In an email to TAPinto Paterson McEntee shared that the PEA’s members have been working diligently to address these challenges, while also ensuring their students stay on the path to reach their fullest potential.

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“Given all that our students and community have faced in these last few months, we know how important this milestone really is,” McEntee. “We believe our students’ successes deserve to be spotlighted, each and every day. These billboards give us a chance to let everyone know how we feel.”  

The billboards are located at Railroad Ave south of Slater Street and Route 20 south of Morlot Ave.

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