20 Steps to A Freedom Walk
"It's All about Saying Thanks" The attacks on New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and a small farm town in rural Pennsylvania shook the American people. Would America survive? Could America survive? The people of Paramus, New Jersey had many relatives and friends who worked in or near the World Trade Center and none of them will ever forget those agonizing hours waiting to hear if their families were safe. Days later, the children of East Brook Middle School responded. They discovered the new American Hero . . . America's First Responders. They organized a community service project called Operation Goody Bag to say thanks to local Fire, Rescue, Ambulance and Police for keeping their families safe. They sent Goody Bags to the United States Armed Forces sacrificing time away from their families to keep us free. In December of 2006, OGB was accepted as a member of America Supports You, a nationwide organization of the Department of Defense comprised of home front groups that support the troops. That's where Joey Rizzolo, a 6th Grader at East Brook Middle School, read about the yearly America Supports You Freedom Walk. Joey wanted to do more to say thanks to those who serve and decided that having a Freedom Walk in Paramus was the way to go. Follow Joey as he turns his dream into a reality. Surely, the 20 Steps to a Freedom Walk will inspire you to organize a Freedom Walk in your town.
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