Written by Kristen Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00
Outgoing Manhasset School Community Association (SCA) Executive President Christy Weppler worked hard to leave her mark the last two years.
Weppler says her proudest accomplishment is the strong relationship she built between the SCA and the schools. According to Weppler, the job of the SCA is to work closely with the schools and identify their needs. She has always believed and promoted a relationship of mutual respect, understanding the value of the school- community connection. Weppler hopes to see this relationship strengthen in the coming years.
Weppler succeeded in bringing author Rosalind Wiseman to Manhasset. Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabees, spoke to the students, faculty and parents about bullying, adolescent girls and their relationships. The audience was receptive to her message and benefited from the experience.
After Superstorm Sandy, Weppler sprung into action. “I had daily conversations with Superintendent Charlie Cardillo, trying to see how together, we could help the community.” The parents wanted “charging stations” in the school because the majority of Manhasset’s homes were without power. She spoke with Cardillo, and the next day there were charging stations in the schools.
On a personal level, Weppler was moved by the strength and dedication of the Manhasset teachers. Many of them had lost homes and still came to school and stayed as late as eight o’clock to tutor students. Their commitment motivated her to create the Manhasset-Sandy fund, raising $10,000 for Manhasset schools personnel. A committee comprised of the Manhasset Educational Support Personnel Association, Superintendent, and the President of the Teachers Union identified 11 recipients. Their need ranged from medical expenses, as result of injuries sustained during the storm, to roof replacement, water damage repair, and sludge removal. The SCA supported her in her efforts and the project had an overwhelming impact on the worthy recipients.
Her advice to Renee Press, the incoming SCA Executive President, is to encourage the community to come to meetings to become informed and involved. “Everyone is busy with various activities, but it’s important to get the community active.” Weppler states. “It’s also easy to want to do everything yourself. You have to trust your moms and dads, because they want to help.”