Dear Editor:

As the Board of Education considers the renaming of the Great Falls-Silk City Academy in honor of educator Al Moody, it's important to also consider the greater impact that this could have on our city.  

Paterson needs positive role models. For several decades, Al Moody has had a tremendous impact on our city's youth and has dedicated his career to uplifting Paterson's students, through his tenure on the Board of Education and his work with troubled youth.

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While our city has its challenges, its important for us to rise to meet them, and to set positive examples for Paterson's students and youth. That's exactly what Al Moody has done - he didn't just talk about the challenges, he took action and helped make our city a better place to live.  

Renaming the Great Falls-Silk City Academy in his honor wouldn't be just a recognition of the man himself - it would be a recognition that Patersonians can make a difference. What better way to teach our children that great leaders come right from their hometown?  What more important lesson can we share with our students that positive change starts with one individual determined to make a difference?

What better example can we set for our students than to show them that if you want a positive role model, you'll find them right here in Paterson.


Al Abdelaziz

Al Abdelaziz is Paterson's Sixth Ward Councilman