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Board of Ed Starts 2013 With Student, Community Recognitions

School board honors scholar athletes and community volunteers.

Credit: Nicole Murphy
Credit: Nicole Murphy
Story by Nicole Murphy. 

The Levittown Board of Education kicked off the new year by honoring a number of scholar athletes and two dedicated community volunteers at Wednesday night's meeting.

Former Board of Education President Gina Interdonato and former PTA Council President Esta Lachow were recognized for their annual Adopt-a-Family program. With the help of local volunteers, the duo was able to bring the spirit of the holidays to more than 200 struggling families.

"Esta and Gina really spearheaded the Adopt-a-Family program," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Grossane. "We didn't think we'd be able to top last year when we helped 181 families, but even in these tough times this year, we helped 227 families." 

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"It's such a tremendous job of organization and reaching out to people," Grossane said. "I know Esta was concerned we wouldn't be able to even help those we did last year, but it's a true testament to the wonderful community spirit here in Levittown."

Lachow approached the board to give thanks for their support and request approval for the program to continue in 2013.

"I offer my personal thanks to all of the board members, Dr. Grossane and the central office administrative staff for not just approving the running of our program, but for participating in it," said Lachow, amazed at the outpouring of support in such a difficult time. "I learned so much from this program."

The ladies of both the Division Avenue High School varsity soccer and MacArthur High School varsity soccer team were also commended Wednesday for their accomplishments as scholar athletes.

"They did a great job and we're very proud of them," said Division Avenue High School Principal Dr. Francesco Ianni of his team's 93 average. "They combined their skills on the field and off the field as that's an impressive accomplishment."

"I'm their coach, but firstly I'm their teacher and their academics always come first," said MacArthur Lady Generals coach Kerry Schaefer. "It's nice to have public acknowledgement from the board and their parents and from our administration that they are doing the right thing on and off the field. It's very special."

The Board of Education will gather next for their monthly planning session Wednesday, January 23.

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