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American History High School
Arts High School
Bard High School Early College
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East Side High School
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Paula Marie Brown
Science Park High School
Technology High School
University High School
Weequahic High School
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Arts High teen called ‘hero’ after saving 93-year-old with Alzheimer’s from house fire
Jarrett Carter, 16, saw thick, gray smoke when he rushed two houses down to Jewel Harris’ home in Newark on Wednesday morning.
Harris, 93, has Alzheimer’s and lives alone in the home on Eastern Parkway, her family said. Without Carter’s quick actions to get Harris out of the house, her family worried she could have passed out.
“When I got down there she was asking me what was happening,” said the teen, who had just started his remote school day when he ran out to help.
Another neighbor alerted Carter’s dad, a former East Orange fire captain, to tell him about the smoke coming from Harris’ home before phoning the fire department. Rick Carter then called his son and told him to check on Harris, both families said.
The teen, a sophomore at Arts High School, is now being lauded as a hero by Harris’ daughter, son-in-law, and father. The Newark Public Safety Department thanked him for his help too.
“It wasn’t an easy feat,” said June Wright-Calhoun, Harris’ daughter. “I’m sure she was like, ‘What is going on?’ I really commend him.”
Firefighters responded at 8:19 a.m. and brought the fire under control about 20 minutes later, Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara said. Harris was evaluated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said.
“We are grateful for the support of neighbors, including the family of East Orange Fire Captain Carter, who we have learned offered assistance to the elderly victim during this incident,” O’Hara said.
Rick Carter reviewed surveillance video that showed his son rushing out of the house after Harris’ dog ran up their driveway to get their attention too.
“That was a proud moment for me,” Carter said of his son.
The Carters have kept an eye on Harris ever since they moved in around 2007, cutting her grass and bringing her a plate of food when they cook dinner. Harris has lived in the home for about 40 years, her family said.
Harris had just woken up when NJ Advance Media spoke to her daughter on Friday. The daughter drove up from her home in Maryland and is staying with her mom in a hotel while they evaluate the next steps for Harris’ living situation.
Harris’ son-in-law, a retired police officer, reached out to NJ Advance Media to commend the teen. He thought it was important to show that young people are still doing good things in their communities.
“I think he’s a hero,” said the son-in-law, Robert Calhoun. “When I see him, I’m going to shake his hand.”
The 16-year-old doesn’t consider himself a hero though.
“I would’ve done it for anybody,” he said. “I think any person would’ve done what I did. I don’t think there was anything special to what I did.”
Originally published at NJ.com
Dirty Soles Footwear Group in partnership with the City of Newark and Aglet announced the first, city wide sneaker design competition in September. Using carefully crafted judging criteria, representatives from Dirty Soles, Aglet and the City of Newark’s Arts and Cultural Department selected the winners and a small awards ceremony was held at Studio Sole, Newark’s first black owned sneaker shop & footwear academy on Saturday December 19, 2020.
First prize winner Aurora Amigon, a sophomore at Arts High School received $500 and a grant award to attend the “Art of Shoe Making 101” eight week course provided by Dirty Soles Foundation and made possible by a generous scholarship donation from Mr. Scott Schuester. Her design was also digitized and is currently featured in the Aglet gaming app.
The second place winner - Jose Romero, a freshman at Arts High School, along with the 3rd place winner, Angel Rivera both received scholarship awards to attend the “Art of Shoe Making 101” eight-week course made possible via funds donated by Aglet.
“Our ‘Art of Shoe Making 101’ course is intended to introduce students to the footwear industry. We cover everything from sneaker design to the process involved in manufacturing shoes so our students are able to learn about various careers in the industry as well as obtain an intro to the skills required to pursue it as a future profession or as an entrepreneur if they choose.”, commented Cory Strong, the course lead instructor.
“One of the goals is not only to offer education but to also provide hands on, pre-apprenticeship training that will be valuable job skills in the future.”, T. Strong, CEO of Dirty Soles added. “In fact, based on student performance, we were able to open the door to a paid internship interview for one of our October 2020 Graduates. These are the types of experiences we aim to continue to provide.”
All three winners from the design competition are scheduled to participate in the next “Art of Shoe Making 101” eight-week course which will begin in January 2021. They will have the option to attend in-person, via small learning pod sessions taking place at Studio Sole, Newark’s first Black Owned Sneaker Consignment and Retail shop or they may attend virtually. During the awards ceremony, each winner was also presented with a new pair of sneakers and Studio Sole merchandise.
With studies being done across the country closely monitoring the COVID-19 impact on education, the Dirty Soles Footwear Group Team say they plan to do their part to increase engagement with creatives, educating and inspiring imagination in students interested in the sneaker industry and the culture that influences it.
The Dirty Soles team consists of a conglomerate of business professionals proficient in footwear manufacturing, sales, marketing, business development, social media & influencer marketing as well as shoe design. Collectively we have established and continue to perfect what we call “the incub8tor.” This unique space is dedicated to identifying and supporting local entrepreneurs, designers, artists, culinary specialists and writers. The “ Studio Sole ” retail location in Newark was born from the incub8tor initiative and is the first black-owned sneaker consignment shop in the city. Studio Sole also dually functions as an exclusive footwear academy where students learn the inner workings of the sneaker industry in an effort to introduce them to new career opportunities. Dirty Soles Footwear Group. (DSFG)
To learn more about DSFG and how you or your organization can contribute to grants and scholarships for future enrollees of the course, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.