UNION, NJ – Members of the Union High School History Club were recognized at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting and accepted a New Jersey State Resolution, celebrating their accomplishments and contributions.
History Club President Emily Nunez, Vice President Ayokunnumi Oluwakuyide and Secretary Jane Oyem, along with Club advisor, Union High School Social Studies teacher Donald Erdman, accepted the resolution from Board member and Union Township Historical Society representative David Arminio.
Arminio read from the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly Resolution: “be it resolved, that this legislative body commends the members of the Union High School History Club and the members of the Union Township Historical Society upon the auspicious occasion of Hannah Caldwell Day and salutes their steadfast contributions in commemorating her heroism during this critical turning point in the history of our new nation and extends sincere best wishes for an informative and enjoyable event.”
The History Club, established less than a year ago, currently has about 20 members. “We were in Mr. Erdman’s classroom after school last year, and said ‘we should start a history club’,” said Nunez. “And we did.”
Erdman said the students “took the bull by the horns and ran with it. It [the Club] was their idea. This is their award”
“These students researched everything and got the Club off the ground, with the approval of the school administration, and the help of the Union Township Historical Society,” said Erdman. “They are very impressive. This has been a real learning experience for them and they handled it in a very professional manner.”
“Not enough students know enough about Union’s past,” said Nunez. “Most people don’t know the history so they don’t understand how we got to where we are today. It helps students to hear from people their own age. They are more receptive.”
The Club led tours of the Caldwell Parsonage on Hannah Caldwell Day and created plaques and information displays on the history of Union and Union High School, including clubs and sports, the “Rock” and desegregation. The information is housed at the Hannah Caldwell Parsonage and be available for viewing during Four Centuries in a Weekend event on October 20 - 21.
“I’ve always had an interest in the past,” said Oyem. “It’s fun to go back into the yearbooks and microfilms and do research.”
“I like history more than any other subject,” said Oluwakuyide. “I like comparing how things were in the past to how they are now.”