Wantagh Students and Staff
Wantagh students from each of the district’s elementary and secondary schools honored the Board of Education trustees for their volunteer service to the school district and community during School Board Recognition Week. This annual celebration takes place each October and is sponsored by the New York State School Boards Association, honoring the trustees’ commitment to public education.
Forest Lake Elementary School created a giant, colorful poster that spelled out “Thank You Board of Education” in individual letters. Each class, as well as faculty and staff, signed one of the poster’s letters. Trustees also received a red ribbon badge from Mandalay Elementary School students to wear at the meeting and a thank you banner. Wantagh Elementary School students then presented the Board with a Poster of Gratitude modeled after Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” which included leaves of appreciation and inspiring quotations written on the tree’s apples.
Wantagh Middle School students Arej Hussain and Noel Polack wrote and read essays titled “What the Board of Education Does for Wantagh.” On behalf of the family and consumer science department, students Roxana Cardoza and Tristan Cruz presented each of the trustees with baked pumpkin pecan bars. Forty members of Wantagh High School’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society, advised by Amy-Sue McPartlan, presented the Board of Education with a picture frame in the Adirondack mosaic style, hand-crafted using recycled paper and cardboard. Select students from Gina Federico’s ninth-grade class and family and consumer science teacher Ellen Carr’s class also presented each of the trustees with homemade banana bread.
In addition to the students’ presentations to the Board of Education, the district’s PTA units announced the establishment of a scholarship on behalf of the Board. A recipient will be chosen later in the school year. In appreciation for the trustees’ support, the administration also presented a bag of goodies to the Board of Education.
Board president Michael Soethout thanked the students for their thoughtful gifts. “This has been the best evening ever,” he stated. “It is a privilege and honor to serve the community of Wantagh."