The Shops at Riverside Partner with New Jersey Schools

Support for Children's Education

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The Shops at Riverside (formerly Riverside Square), Bergen County’s upscale shopping center, partnered with schools in northern New Jersey during 2002 to challenge students to a Presidents’ Day Contest and the Our Children Remember mural to help the community remember lives lost during the World Trade Center disaster the prior year.

Fourth grade students throughout Bergen County were invited to participate in the Contest created by CHC and the mall. Children voiced their opinions on the qualities and characteristics of a leader, and stated their favorite president and why. More than 275 students submitted their responses, which were judged by Bergen County Executive William “Pat” Schuber; Hackensack Mayer John Zisa; Louise Williams, executive director of the Teaneck, N.J. League of Woman Voters; and Liz Napoli, general manager of The Shops at Riverside.

New Jersey Schoolchildren tribute to 9/11 All entries were displayed at the mall and the winning students were awarded $50 U.S. savings bonds at a ceremony attended by students, families, educators, shoppers and the media. Media coverage included The Record, local cable stations, and multiple weekly newspapers throughout Bergen County.

As the school year drew to a close, a second event was planned. The mall knew it must commemorate the terrible attack and loss of life at the World Trade Center (more than 110 Bergen County residents lost their lives in the disaster.) The Shops at Riverside teamed up with The Record Newspaper in Education program to create Our Children Remember. Students throughout Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties were invited to submit artwork, poetry and short essays for a mural to be constructed inside the mall.

More than 1,000 school children from 41 towns participated. The Record published examples of the children’s work in three full-page ads.

County Superintendents of Schools for Bergen, Hudson and Passaic Counties participated in the commemoration ceremony and joined in the ribbon cutting ceremony with the students. Also on hand for the dedication were students, teachers, parents, mall merchants, shoppers and the news media. Media coverage included local newspapers and TV stations.

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