J.P. Taravella High School held its third annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb to honor the people who died in the 9/11 attacks. Those who participated walked or ran through a three story building on campus. They climbed three flights of stairs 27 times to gain some experience of what firefighters experienced when they climbed the stairs of a 110 story building to retrieve victims of the attack. Some of the firefighters completed the stair climb wearing full equipment.
Bryan Needle who teaches law enforcement courses at J.P. Taravella ran the event. “I think it is important for young people to remember the fallen heroes of 9/11. Many of the younger students weren’t alive when 9/11 happened. We want to raise awareness of what took place on 9/11,” he said.
Jason Nault, the principal of J.P. Taravella High School said, “I think this will create awareness among students of 9/11 and what it meant. I am proud of the students and faculty for organizing this event,” he said.
Cory Snyder, a J.P. Taravella student who is studying in the school’s Police Academy said he was proud to be a part of the event. “It was challenging to climb the stairs and I liked being a part of it,” he said.
Nick Caravallo said, “I really had a lot of fun at this event,” he said.
Rolando Torres said, “This was a great experience and I enjoyed being a part of it,” he said.
Nathan Fuller also enjoyed participating in the stair climb.
Broward School Board member Donna Korn participated with her daughter. She said, “This was a great opportunity to teach young people about 9/11.”
The money raised went to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.