The Clarkstown Council of PTAs holds an Annual Founders Day Program on Wednesday to mark the start of the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) and honor special individuals. This year’s event recognizes PTA Council Scholarship recipients, winners of the Reflections competition and outstanding staff and/or volunteers who have contributed to the Clarkstown District and PTAs. The evening activities include the installation of a new slate of officers for the coming school year.
Clarkstown Superintendent Margaret Keller-Cogan will be honored and presented with a New York State PTA Honorary Life Membership. Officer Mark Robinson of the Clarkstown Police Department will be recognized for leading fifth grade classes through 100 D.A.R.E. graduations. Each year the fifth-graders across the district go through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program to help prepare them for the pressures they will have to deal with in the future. The D.A.R.E. program has been a part of the Clarkstown Central School District for many years.
The Council will award 20 scholarships to graduating seniors, 10 from Clarkstown North High School and 10 from Clarkstown South.
The Reflections Program provides students with the opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition. The Reflections program encourages students to create art inspired by a specific theme, this year the theme is “Diversity Means. Students submit entries in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts or Special Education to their local PTA or PTSA.
The Founders Day celebration begins in the Felix Festa Middle School’s black & white cafeteria at 7 p.m.