Honoring Riis

10B Standalone photoThe Aquinas Honor Society of the Immaculate Conception School, Jamaica Estates, is composed of students who have garnered high academic achievements. While working on a project with the Richmond Hill Historical Society, they learned about the inspirational work of Jacob Riis. In their research, they came upon century old newspaper articles detailing Riis’ humanitarian efforts. They selected him, 10 years ago, as their Historic Patron, and replaced the long lost bronze bust of Riis at Riis Park in 2010. 2014 marks the 100th Anniversary of Jacob’s passing on May 26, 1914. It was at this time that Riis Park was named as a memorial.