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Letter: Horse Tamer Restoration Funds Needed by June 30

We are writing to you on behalf of Friends of the Horse Tamer and the Roslyn Public Schools. We are a group of Roslyn High School alumni who have come together with current Roslyn High School students to raise funds to restore the historic Horse Tamer statue.

The statue, which has been at Roslyn High School for over 50 years, has long been in need of major repair. In early February the horse was removed from the high school circle and placed in storage to prevent further exposure to the weather and its total collapse. The statue will remain in storage while we raise the necessary funds for its complete restoration. To do this we need to raise $150,000 by June 30.

As alumni of the Roslyn Public Schools, many of us have a profound sense of gratitude for the education we received. It formed the basis for our higher educational achievements and in many cases it led to significant professional and financial success. The Horse Tamer statue at the high school is emblematic of the greatness that Roslyn High School was and is, and for many of us represents an irreplaceable and sentimental symbol of our four years there.

For current students, The Horse Tamer is equally important. On the day the statue was removed, several students retrieved leftover stone chips and had the publisher of the yearbook grind them up into a fine powder. That powder will be mixed into the ink used to print the cover of this year’s yearbook.

Our goal is high and our time frame is short. The Roslyn School Board has made it clear that funds to save the statue must come totally from private donations. We are hopeful that with the generosity of the Roslyn community and local businesses, together with the many thousands of alumni who have graduated from Roslyn High School, we will be successful.

Please visit our website http://www.friendsofthehorsetamer.com/ to learn more about our efforts, including a special commemorative brick purchase program. Any donation, large or small, will be gratefully accepted.  Checks should be made payable to “Roslyn Public Schools” and mailed to: Friends of the Horse Tamer, PO Box 322, Roslyn, NY 11576.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Barry Edelson, director of community relations at the Roslyn Public Schools at (516) 801-5090, or Barbara Silverman Berke, Friends of the Horse Tamer at (508) 435-6130.

We thank you in advance for your generous support.

Daniel Pollack, Class of 2012
Barbara Silverman Berke, Class of 1969
Laura Smith Rosenberg, Class of 1969