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Huntington teacher creates a living lesson of 1911 factory fire

Marchers rally to remember the 146 victims of

Marchers rally to remember the 146 victims of the Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911, commonly called the Triangle Fire, during its 100th anniversary commemoration on Friday, March 25, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews) Credit: AP

Huntington middle school teacher Kimberly Schiller has made the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory workplace fire a centerpiece of her English classes.

She even took a dozen of her eighth-grade students last week to a Manhattan commemmoration of the fatal fire, a published report says. 

"Teacher Kimberly Schiller brought 12 of her eighth-grade students from Finley Middle School in Huntington on Long Island," the Jewish daily newspaper, the Forward, reported Friday. 

The Forward report continued, "A few hundred marchers assembled this morning at Union Square in New York City, preparing for a solemn procession to the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist factory, where 146 young immigrants perished in a fire 100 years ago today." 

The Finley school's website says Schiller has made the tragedy a focal point for teaching her students to research a subject and express themselves in writing. 

"Ms. Schiller said that over the past few years she has 'really found a voice' by studying and teaching about the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire that resulted in the deaths of 146 garment workers and led to safety and generally improved industrial working conditions." 

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