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J.P. Taravella High School DECA Program Receives National Recognition

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Congratulations to J.P. Taravella High School Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) for being recognized by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) as the first high school in the nation to successfully organize and run a 110 story stair climb to benefit the NFFF.

Students raised more than $6,000 for their unprecedented Memorial 9/11 Stair Climb. In all, 120 students, firefighters and community members participated in the 110 story climb to honor the 343 New York Fire Department firefighters who lost their lives during the tragic events on September 11, 2001.

The J.P. Taravella High DECA group has been asked to share its stair climb action plan and video at the NFFF’s national meeting next month. Their materials will be used to help other schools and students in future 9/11 stair climbs across the country.

“I couldn’t be more proud of how well this group came together and organized, what is now being recognized as a national model for the NFFF’s stair climb,” said Jamie Simmons, DECA advisor and J.P. Taravella High marketing teacher. “It was an honor to supervise these talented students and watch their vision come to fruition.”

About DECA
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
About NFFF
The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers.
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