UNION, NJ – Union High School teachers and staff spread encouragement and hope with their "Friends" music video, with a special message -- "I'll be there for you"  -- to their students.

Cheryl Fiske, Union High School math teacher and Senior Class Advisor, said she and the other senior advisors, Megan Kaplan and Tara Scaramuzzi, and co-worker, William Eichert, discussed creating a video to “lift the spirits of our students and let them and their families know that we are thinking about and missing them.”

Fiske said they watched as other schools, including some in Union, created their own motivational videos.  “I decided it was time to act on making one for Union High School,” she said.  Fiske sent an email to faculty and staff encouraging them to send a picture of themselves with a homemade sign.  She also asked for those who would be interested in lip-syncing so she could provide them with a lyric to record.

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“We had so many participants, it was amazing,” Fiske said.  “Once we got all of our staff videos, the very talented TV production teacher, Tara Sterling, got to work with the editing.” 

“Organizing it all was certainly more involved than I had expected but the result made it all so worth it,” Fiske said.  “We were overwhelmed by the responses from our students, Union High School staff members, other Union Township staff members, and members of the Union community. Hearing the comments about how the video brought a tear to their eye certainly brought one to mine.”

Fiske said the teachers and staff at Union High School wanted to tell their students and families they hope they remain healthy and safe, they are being thought of, they are missed, and the teachers and staff are “there for them” through all of this.