Wednesday, 13 May 2009 15:35
Last week we had the privilege of participating in two simultaneous events here in town, which were both inspiring and humbling.
On Tuesday, May 5, the West Hempstead School District hosted its first Family Literacy Night at the high school. It was a community event of culture, literacy, and diversity intended to kick off our schools’ and library’s summer reading programs for grades K-12. Throughout the building, older students helped their younger schoolmates with games and arts and crafts, produced culinary delights for the crowd, and entertained in dance and musical performances. The event was truly a public celebration of the many gifts we have in our children and families here in West Hempstead. It was a privilege to attend on behalf of the Nassau County government.
Across town, a more private yet equally inspirational event was taking place as the West Hempstead Community Scholarship Fund Selection Committee reviewed the applications of 34 high school students and interviewed the semifinalists. All of these soon-to-be-graduates exemplified extraordinary talent, dedication, academic prowess, and community service. Many of them have overcome personal and family challenges. But overall, it was a collection of extraordinary students, a group that any community would be proud to call its own. It was humbling to be an eyewitness to the great potential in these young adults.
Two events in one night, right here in our own backyard. Celebrations of the young members of our community who reach out to their peers and neighbors and to younger children and senior citizens who serve their families, schools, community and country well — children who make West Hempstead proud.
Parents, take note, these students are a testimony to your excellence; educators, they are proof of your skills. On Tuesday, May 19, we are asked to support our board of education’s efforts to produce a budget for next year that keeps costs low and quality high.
This year, we also celebrate the anniversary of the West Hempstead Community Scholarship Fund, a group of volunteers who have supported our local students with college scholarships for 40 years.
One night in one small town on Long Island, but a town which produces its best in its children every day.
Please remember to vote on May 19 and support the WHCSF, PO Box 2132, West Hempstead, NY 11552, with your donations.
Diane and Vincent Muscarella