PATERSON, NJ  – Michael Masefield’s second-graders at the Norman S. Weir School haven’t been in class for three weeks, but that hasn’t stopped them from working together to support health care workers, first responders and everyone else working on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.

In photos that were circulated by Principal Grace Giglio and posted on the district’s social media pages, the young students are seen holding their messages of support for those working in the fight against the virus.

“You Are Our Heroes,” reads one sign held by a student. “Thank you for going above and beyond,” reads another. One child’s message is a bit more personal. His sign reads, “My Mom Can’t Stay Home. She’s on the frontlines.”

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“I am so proud of the initiative these young students have taken,” said Superintendent of Schools Eileen F. Shafer. “These students clearly understand that you are never too young to give someone support and encouragement. They are making a difference in any way they can. And that’s a great example for us all to follow. I want to thank our students, their teacher Mr. Masefield, and their principal, Ms. Giglio for encouraging our students to do their best, both in and out of school.”

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