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Letter: Our Town

We write as graduates of Manhasset High School to call for you to vote in favor of this year’s school budget. We feel strongly that the Manhasset community is built around the school, and for good reason.  Each of us has benefited from the education and extra activities that the school district and community provided us.

Manhasset means excellence because of its schools and its programs, not because of its train station. In 2010 Manhasset was ranked nationally as the 87th best public school in the nation.  As we went off to college and learned about other students’ high school experiences, we have found that Manhasset is not 87th, but the best public school district in preparing us for the rigors of college studies and discovering our strengths as individuals.  Our district produces scholars, physicians, financiers, lawyers, athletes, musicians, writers, actors and directors.  It starts with an enriching experience from kindergarten through senior year, one that provides many avenues to excel and teaches tolerance and respect for others, all in an environment where a student feels he or she comes first.

The Manhasset school community is a great place for all of us to live. The reasons are clear.  We benefit from being near the greatest city in the world, but we also have a back yard and many other benefits of being in a quiet suburb. Manhasset is also home to award winning science, math and English programs, some of the best high school athletic teams in the country and amazing music, art and theater departments.  As we leave school and enter our college careers, we discover that we were educated in a special school, that we performed whatever we performed at a very high level and that we were exposed to a variety of enriching activities and viewpoints.

We take pride in our town and saying we are from Manhasset. The “Town of Manhasset,” however, is the school district. We are thankful for what you have given us, what you have allowed us to achieve. But if you vote down the budget, you vote down our town.

Our graduates are proof that your investment in our town has paid dividends.  Make the same investment in the next generation of Manhasset’s scholars, athletes, performers and artists.

Please make sure you vote in favor of Manhasset. Let’s preserve our town on May 21.

Patrick Aloia, ‘11

Katie Barr, ‘12

Kiki Barnes, ‘12

Nina Carlin, ‘11

Chris Yiachos, ‘11

Anastasia Barnes, ‘10

Drew Belinsky, ‘10

Michael Anderson, ‘09

Nick Aloia, ‘09

Victoria Belinsky, ‘08