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Bonner AmeriCorps Leaders Take 9/11 Banner to NYC

September 11 Banner

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, approximately 100 sixth grade students from Marcus Newcomb School in Pemberton gathered at Burlington County College’s (BCC) Geraldine Clinton Little Theater for a special 9/11 assembly hosted by BCC’s Bonner AmeriCorps Leaders, a group of students committed to having a positive influence on the community through service. The assembly focused on the heroic efforts of the first responders on 9/11 and featured guest speakers Pemberton Township Fire Chief Craig Augustoni and Jason Palmer, a member of the New Jersey Urban Search and Rescue Task Force at the time of 9/11. Palmer gave firsthand accounts and showed exclusive photos of the search and rescue efforts on 9/11 and the days following. After the presentation, the sixth grade students traced their hands on two thank you banners for first responders. One banner was given to Country Lakes Volunteer Fire Company, Station 183, in Pemberton and the other will be hand delivered by AmeriCorps students to FDNY Engine Company 10, a firehouse in New York City, on Saturday, Sept. 22. The BCC Bonner AmeriCorps students will also be visiting the 9/11 Memorial in the city. Pictured above with the banner going to NYC (left to right): BCC Service-Learning Coordinator and AmeriCorps Program Director Erica Franklin; BCC AmeriCorps student Carnita Morgan; Jason Palmer, first responder and member of the New Jersey Urban Search and Rescue Task Force at the time of 9/11; BCC Bonner AmeriCorps students Tysheda Williams, Anthony Caruso, Deniqua Owens, Joe Hyland, Spencer Homan-Hepner, Gabe Soto, and Aaron Allen; and Pemberton Township Fire Chief Craig Augustoni. BCC’s Bonner AmeriCorps Leader Program and BCC’s Service-Learning Program are committed to having a positive influence on the community through service and work to increase civic engagement on BCC's campuses. For more information, please visit the Service-Learning website at www.bcc.edu/service-learning. BCC, a comprehensive community college, provides all individuals access to affordable and quality education. For more information, please call (609) 894-9311 or (856) 222-9311 or visit www.bcc.edu.