Number of Participants: 300
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $2,535
Event Type: Civic & Community
Date: November 8, 2018
With blue skies above them, the Levittown Public Schools hosted their annual Levittown Education Against Destructive Decisions Walk and Community Fair at the Levittown Memorial Education Center on Oct. 28. The district’s central and building administration, board members, faculty, students and families gathered for the event which encourages individuals to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices. Throughout the week, schools across the district participated in lessons and activities that reinforced these messages.
Before the start of the walk, Father Ralph Sommer and local elected officials including New York State Senator Kemp Hannon, Hempstead Town Councilman Dennis Dunne and Nassau County Legislator John Ferretti praised the district on the annual event. MacArthur High School senior Hannah Kilmetis and Division Avenue High School senior Ryan Dwyer were recognized as the student marshals for their outstanding contributions to their school and Levittown community. The district also proudly announced that the YES Community Counseling Center would be the grand marshal for the event. The non-profit community-based organization has supported Levittown students and families through various services and programs. Director of Prevention and Outreach Corinne Alba and Assistant Director Mark Wenzel were present to represent the organization during the event.
Now in its 32nd year, Assistant Director of Special Education Jordan Margolis explained how important the day is.
“We are unique that we bring the community and schools together to support our students and our families,” he said. “We know that one way to ensure that our kids are safe and that they receive the most support is by recognizing that the community is involved. That’s what today is really about.”
Schools and district organizations proudly held banners as they paraded through the streets. Following the walk, students and their families gathered in the Levittown Memorial gymnasium to visit local organization and school booths. They received important health and prevention information, played games, created crafts, mingled with fellow community members and more. Students and families were also encouraged to wear their best Halloween costumes to the event which were judged by the student marshals and awarded first, second and third place.