Fieldstone Middle School students in the North Rockland district enjoyed a visit from The Red Bandanna Project’s Alison Crowther last week.
Crowther has been on a national education circuit telling young people the story of her late son Welles Remy Crowther’s heroic efforts to save others in the 9/11 attacks — and inspiring student leaders in the process.
Crowther visited North Rockland Oct. 3 at the invitation of seventh-grade social studies teacher Rita Pariselli and her students. It was her second visit to the district in the last couple of years, Pariselli said.
Here’s Pariselli reflecting on Crowther’s visit:
“(She) told the students about how we all possess the power to create change in our lives and in the lives of people that we encounter. She spoke about how her son always considered other people first. Whether it was when he was encouraging someone on his lacrosse team or just being there for a friend in need. Even in our own small way, we must act as if what we do makes a difference. …
The Man with Red Bandanna touched our hearts and we will always remember the courage that Welles displayed on that day when our world was turned upside down. …
I hope that when my students see a red bandanna, they are reminded that they, too, in their own way, can be an instrument for change.”