When the children at St. Andrew Avellino School in Queens wanted to show their appreciation to New York City’s firefighters, EMTs and paramedics after Sept. 11, they put a little time and a lot of care into creating colorful cards. Children from Ann Beloten’s kindergarten class crafted the first set of cards for Ann’s husband, Maimonides Hospital paramedic Scott Beloten, who responded to the World Trade Center collapse (see his account on p. 28). Soon second graders joined in, creating a large poster for Scott. Finally, the school’s two sixth-grade classes made cards for 25 firefighters and paramedics across New York City. Sentiments ranged from “You risked your lives saving people,” to “Thanks to you, our city is safer.” To the left, a sampling of their creative efforts.
Dear Helpers of the Government: Thank You!
New York school children reach out to emergency personnel
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