(Editor's Note: The following letter pertains to two separate items that appeared in the "People In the News" section of the March 26, 2009 edition of The Westbury Times.)

Congratulations to the Bailey family on their son's admission to the Lawrenceville School - an elite boarding school in New Jersey. Nicholas Bailey is an honor roll student at Westbury Middle School. "Their" accomplishment (parents and child alike) was referenced in the March 26, 2009 edition of The Westbury Times.

Adjacent to this article was another reference to a Westbury School District resident, Elaine Lovell. Elaine was recognized by New York State Senator Craig Johnson as a "Women of Distinction" honoree. Congratulations Elaine!

As I viewed these articles, I could not help but see the connection between one family's achievement and an activist's passion to support education within our community.

Elaine and other "soldiers" work tirelessly to support education. I will keep the actual names of this small group of advocates out of print as their anonymity in fact may help their altruistic efforts. With the intention of informing our community, this group attends meetings, voices their concerns, challenges assumptions made by our leadership, and articulates the issues to their fellow neighbors. They put the time and effort into community activism where, quite honestly, most of us do not.

I salute their volunteerism and their passionate support for our community. This year, given the depressed economic environment, I presume this band of soldiers will have the arduous task of articulating the many issues regarding our schools. I wish them luck!

Stanton Brown
Senior Director, The College Board
Resident, Westbury

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