Situated between the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers, and extending from Newark Bay to what is present day Rutherford, sits the town of Harrison. Very much a busy and friendly town with long-time residents, many of whom send their children to the same schools that they themselves attended as students. It was never a question of when the Harrison Education Association (HEA) would support their Hometown Heroes, but how.
After careful consideration, the HEA decided to design and purchase t-shirts for all members of the Harrison Police Department, the Harrison Fire Department, the Harrison postal workers, including Robert French, a lifelong Harrison resident who works at the East Rutherford Post Office, in addition to the school staff working at the middle school making and distributing the daily grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for students. The HEA also treated EVERY shift of the municipal departments to catered lunches and dinners every day the week of May 4 – 8, making sure they, too, knew how much they were appreciated in this new normal.
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“I am especially proud of our membership for unanimously voting to use our PRIDE grant in this capacity,” said Karen Greene-Pace, HEA president. She continued, “You see my dad, Robert Greene, is the former chief of the Fire Department in Harrison; my brother, Michael Greene, is a retired Battalion chief in Harrison, and my uncle, Vincent Greene, is the former police chief in Harrison. His daughter, my cousin -Colleen Greene Sawyer is a kindergarten teacher who is retiring at the end of this year. So, you see – Harrison is really a family place and is hometown to most of the teachers and staff who work in our district. We are proud and honored to give these very deserving members of the community a token of our respect and gratitude for all that they are doing for the students and families of Harrison.”