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Tribute to Jacob Riis
June 29, 2006 two students from the Immaculate
Conception Aquinas Honor Society, in Jamaica Estates, NY
embarked on a thrilling weeklong adventure to Denmark. Derek Netto (Eighth
Grader) and Tashanie Narain (former ICS graduate and Sophomore at Mary
Louis Academy) were sent as Peacewords Ambassadors (www.peacewords.org)
and representatives of the ICS Aquinas Honor Society
and the Richmond Hill Historical Society.
The Aquinas Honor Society was presented with a $10,000 grant
by the Peacewords Foundation to write a children's
book about Jacob Riis and
the result was the newly published "Jacob's Pictures".
The students flew to Ribe, Denmark the birthplace of their Peacewords
Hero Jacob Riis (America's great Social Reformer, author
and Photojournalist). The students presented a copy of their book along
with a copy of the Richmond Hill
Historical Society book and an original drawing by artist
Kem Boatwright who drew the cover illustration of Jacob's Pictures to
the Mayor of Ribe, to the noted Danish author Tom Buk-Swienty, American
Ambassador to Denmark James Cain and to Her Royal Highness Princess Benedickte
Good Evening honorable mayor of Ribe, members of the Peacewords Foundation,
the Jacob Riis Settlement House, and beloved citizens of Ribe! I am
Tashanie Narain, student ambassador for the Peacewords Foundation, and
this is fellow student ambassador, Derek Netto.
We, as members of the Aquinas Honors Society, were inspired by our
hero, Jacob Riis, who left Denmark, came to America, and changed the
lives of all Americans, with his eye opening photographs, his most famous
book, How the Other Half Lives and his courageous reforms. To continue
Jacob's work, we participated in a youth service project and wrote this
book, Jacob's Pictures, about our hero. We used the same basic tools
that Jacob used, a camera and a pen. Another goal we have, is to get
an American postage stamp, commemorating the work of our hero, so we're
seeking your support. Our journey has not ended, this is only the beginning.
So thank you and now, Derek Netto.
Good evening! The legacy of Jacob Riis has passed on to another generation.
At this time the Aquinas Honor Society has been awarded a $4,500 grant
from the Alive in Hope Foundation to write another children's book that
will tell the story of how Jacob Riis brought the tradition of singing
Christmas Caroling to America. He began this tradition in the town of
Richmond Hill, New York.
Richmond Hill - The
Richmond Hill Historical Society with authors Carl
Ballenas and Nancy Cataldi have written
this comprehensive book on the history of Richmond Hill. Read
more about this book and how to purchase it for your collection.
Children's Tale and Coloring Book -
Carl Ballenas created a coloring book
on the history of Richmond Hill including rare photos, text and stories.
What better way to enjoy while learning and appreciating our community.
Read more about this book
and how to purchase it for your collection.
Slideshow of Victorian Richmond Hill - Thanks
to Joseph DeMay, Jr. for his enormous contribution in creating
this fascinating slideshow of
images that show many locations of early Richmond Hill from the turn
of the 19th century along side its corresponding present day image from
2003. View and enjoy the slideshow here.
the Living Spirit" - Thanks
to Joseph DeMay, Jr. for creating this slideshow
of the Walking Tour at Maple Grove Cemetery, where students portrayed
the notable people who have been laid to rest at this historic cemetery.
and enjoy the slideshow here.