COLONIA—Ever since Cheryl Coen, a geography teacher at Colonia Middle School, saw the “Paper Clips Project” honoring Holocaust victims, she wanted to try her own project that would be just as effective in illustrating to her students what six to 11 million objects actually looks like.
“To say that six million Jewish citizens and five million non-Jewish citizens were murdered during the Holocaust is one thing, but to really see that number of objects places it into perspective” said. Coen. Her only problem with the “Paper Clips Project” was figuring out what to do with the paper clips once they have been collected and displayed.
Coen wanted to take this wonderful project one step further and make it useful to those who are in need. After studying the Holocaust last year, Coen teamed up with Charlie Reuter, her student teacher, and presented the class with the task of coming up with something small, needed, fairly inexpensive, and that could be used afterwards. After much discussion, students decided to use band-aids in place of paper clips.
Coen presented her project idea to her principal, Gregg Miller, and supervisor, Vincent Soccodato, and was given approval to begin. The remaining four Woodbridge middle schools, as well as local businesses, most notably Bessemer Trust, have also joined in the effort, and to date, have collected over 35,000 band-aids. The project began on March 15, and will end when the goal of 6 to 11 million band-aids are collected.
Community members are welcomed to participate in this worthy cause as well. If you would like to donate band-aids, contact Coen at 732-396-7000, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.