Mark Barden, Father of Daniel Barden, a victim of the senseless Sandy Hook shooting; addressed a packed Performing Arts Center comprised of Freshmen, Sophomore and Juniors. Mr. Barden shared the mission he has dedicated the rest of his life to: working to prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide and accidental discharge so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child. Mark Barden shared research-based programs and practices developed through the Sandy Hook Promise to help protect children from gun violence in homes, schools and communities. Among these include Say Something, Safety Assessment and Intervention, Start with Hello, and Keep It Safe and Secure.
In the photograph above, Mark Barden poses for a picture before his well-received presentation with Board of Education Member Joan Cali and members of the Secaucus Middle School faculty.
As part of the middle and high school's Second Annual Day of Respect, Remembrance, and Reflection; middle and high school students heard riveting first hand accounts of the horrors of the Holocaust, courtesy of survivors. Students were addressed by a number of individuals who experienced the Holocaust in a variety of settings including concentration camp survivors, escapees, Hidden Children, and a concentration camp liberator. In the picture above, Holocaust survivors pose for a group picture with Alan Moskin, the liberator of the Gunskirchen Concentration Camp. In the photograph above, Holocaust guest presenters gather for a group picture. From left to right are Ella Weissberger, Ray Fishler, Jean Wechsler, Alan Moskin, Gina Lanceter, Norbert Bikales, Gerda Bikales, and Maren Friedman.
Among the guest speakers at the 2nd Annual Day of Respect, Remembrance, and Reflection were survivors and rescuers from 9-11. Brian Branco survived his ordeal from the 78th Floor of the World Trade Center, while Elia Zedeno was able to make her way to safety from the 73rd Floor. Gary Smiley, a rescuer from the World Trade Center Bombing of 1993, rescued six on the fateful day of the World Trade Center terrorist attack on 9-11. Secaucus Resident Robert Stone, a member of the Emergency Rescue Port Authority Police, worked on recovery at the site for nine months. In the picture above, Supervisor Amanda Trombetta is pictured with Gary Smiley, Elia Zedeno, Brian Branco, and Robert Stone.