The second week of May typically marks the celebration of New Jersey’s Special Education Week across the state.

Sadly, this year, the poster art contest, awards luncheon and official recognition all had to be canceled because of COVID-19.

At ECLC, we decided to celebrate, anyway, but in a safe, virtual way. We asked our Chatham and Ho-Ho-Kus school students and staff, plus community members, first responders and elected officials to create paper links, with messages about the importance of special education or just to send good wishes.

The paper links symbolize “connections” to our schools; to the community; and, most importantly, to each other. Right now, connections to one another at ECLC and within our families, friends and neighbors are how we are coping during this crisis. We may be physically apart, but together in spirit!