Education

Plainfield Public Schools Children Honor 9/11 Heroes

Credits: Plainfield Public Schools
Evergreen School’s children, teachers, and staff at a raising of the flag ceremony. Credits: Plainfield Public Schools
Joel Cordoba, 10; Evergreen Principal Ms. BJ Brown Lawson; Mr. Rodney Taylor, Head Custodian at Evergreen; Odalys Lorenzo, 11; and David Ramirez, 10. Credits: Plainfield Public Schools
Rodney Taylor, Head Custodian at Evergreen, speaking to fifth graders at Evergreen School Credits: Plainfield Public Schools
Mr. Taylor speaking to fifth graders at Evergreen School Credits: Plainfield Public Schools
Mr. Taylor speaking to fifth graders at Evergreen School Credits: Plainfield Public Schools
Mr. Taylor speaking to fifth graders at Evergreen School Credits: Plainfield Public Schools
Ms. McIntosh Class at Barach Obama Academy for the Academic & Civic Development Credits: Plainfield Public Schools

Ceremonies held in the classroom and outdoors to mark the 16th Anniversary of the Attacks on the World Trade Center, and in Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

PLAINFIELD, NJ – Plainfield Public School students honored victims of “9/11” on Monday with events marking the 16th Anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, and in Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.  The children at Evergreen Elementary School held presentations in the classroom, and on the school grounds, where former United States Marines spoke about the importance of service to the United States. 

Head custodian Mr. Rodney Taylor, Mr. Harvey Nicks, and Vice Principal Juan Pablo Jimenez addressed the children. The children read essays they wrote giving thanks to the first-responders and to those who fought back to save others. 

Sign Up for E-News

Mr. Taylor, a former Ammunitions Technician, who served for more than six years, spoke to the fifth graders about his journey as a 17-year-old from Plainfield.  He said it was a great career that took him around the world to places such as Japan, the Philippines, Germany and France.

Mr. Nicks, who served as a radio technician for four years, said, “It was a great experience I loved, and if I had a chance to do it all over again, I would.”

Vice Principal Juan Pablo Jimenez, who served for five years on the USS Lake Erie, said, “Today we honor those who died and those who served on that tragic day. We also celebrate the human spirit and how we can come together, united as one, and make good things happen.”

Many of the teachers and staff also spoke about 9/11. Ms. Karen Natapoff, an elementary school guidance counselor said, “the first thing I remember about 9/11, was that it was a beautiful day, somewhat like today, and it seems unreal to talk about 9/11 today because so many of the students were not born yet.  It seems so far away that something so tragic like that happened.”  She said the children need to know and learn about 9/11.

Clinton School Principal, Mr. Dion Roach, remembers he was working at his school and people were in a panic after hearing the news. His brother worked at the WTC but luckily he was stopped at Jersey City before he could go any further. He said, “hopefully we will never repeat the mistakes of that day and never let something so serious happen to Americans ever again.”

Ms. Sakina Calder, a high school counselor at Barack Obama Academy for Academic and Civic Development, said there was a lot of fear on 9/11 but she remembers a “country that came together and rebuilt slowly one a time. However, we need to remember those who lost their lives in a senseless killing, and unfortunately our children today don’t know enough about 9/11. We need to educate them about what we have been through as a country and we need to know our past so we can correct the future.”

Students in Ms. Elizabeth McIntosh’s class read historical essays written about the attacks and held individual discussions about how they felt about that day, and how it relates to them today. Many said it was “hard to understand because many people don’t talk about it anymore.”

For more information, please contact Gloria Montealegre, Community Engagement Liaison, 908-731-4333 or email gmontealegre@plainfield.k12.nj.us.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Plainfield

Support the Downtown on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 25

Another shopping season is upon us here in Plainfield and shops downtown are open for business. Plainfield has a unique mix of mom-and-pop stores that offer trendy name brand clothes and shoes that compete with mall traffic and Cyber Monday deals, perfect for anyone looking for a bargain. The importance of spending locally has never been more critical as retailers and restaurants struggle to ...

A Stroll Through Echo Lake Park

This past Sunday, I joined the Freewalkers for its Stroll & Roll walking event.  Freewalkers Yohana Maria and Risa Olinsky organized the festivities, now in its second year. 

The walk, designed to be family-friendly, and for people of all ages and abilities, began in Echo Lake Park, another gem in the Union County Park system.  The four-mile round trip trek also cut ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_7540ecfa0168e596b039_image1

Sat, November 25, 8:00 AM

Hub Stine Sports Complex, Plainfield

2nd Annual Walk for a Cure Diabetes

Giving Back Health & Wellness

Sun, November 26, 10:45 AM

North Plainfield

Sunday Morning Worship

Religions And Spirituality

Scotch Plains Public Library to Host Harry Potter Events for Teens in December

November 22, 2017

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- December is an exciting month for Harry Potter fans at Scotch Plains Public Library.  

On Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 6:00 p.m., teens in grades 5-12 are invited to YA Chat Club to discuss all things Harry Potter. Talk about favorite books, movies, characters, and houses with Scotlib’s new teen librarian, Dana.

Do you long to be a student at Hogwarts? Then come ...

Canadian Aquaculture Giant Gobbles Up Last American Bait Fish Grinder as Major Decision Looms

November 10, 2017

In case you haven’t heard, a multinational fish farming company (Cooke Inc.) has made a deal to purchase Omega Protein Inc. and take them into the private sector. While the ink is not dry on this deal, it is obvious that the American fishing community will not be part of this new portfolio. There is no doubt that new, private ownership will continue to disregard the needs of the ecosystem ...

32 Students Withdraw From Fair Lawn School District Due to Residency Fraud

November 23, 2017

FAIR LAWN – After a 2016 district-wide investigation found 168 possible cases of residency fraud existed in Fair Lawn, 32 students have withdrawn from the district, Board of Education statistics show.

Mike Shansky, the director of the Community School who presented the results as part of the District Residency Program explained to a small crowd of residents on Nov. 16 that the district ...

Affordable Housing Program Helps Older Americans Make The Rent

November 10, 2017

While Barbara Ross’s income places her below the poverty line, she isn’t one of the nearly 2 million households with older adults in dire need of affordable housing. Thanks to a little-known federal program, Ross, 64, is able to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Plainfield, N.J.

Through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) “Section 202 Supportive ...

The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman (St. Martins Griffin, 2016)

 

Author Lynda Cohen Loigman states, “The Two-Family House is a story I thought about for at least ten years before I ever wrote a word. I spent countless hours over a full decade thinking about how Rose, Helen, Abe, and Mort would behave in difficult situations, and how they would feel when faced with ...