The family was overwhelmed by the support that came from friends and former colleagues when they asked for donations.
“There were a lot of teachers and a lot of city people who paid their respects,” Cerasuolo said. “It was more than we ever expected.”
The Mendelsohn family still had a presence at Consentino up until last year, when one of Mendelsohn’s granddaughters graduated from eighth grade. Mendelsohn also had two other grandkids who attended Consentino.
Now, the Mendelsohn name will have a permanent place in the halls of the school.
“He would have been very proud,” said his widow, Debbie Mendelsohn. “He dedicated a lot of his life to students.”