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Clarkstown Education Foundation Presents $52,000 in Awards

Foundation recognizes student achievement, teacher goals at Board of Education meeting

 The Clarkstown Education Foundation presented four scholarships, 14 teacher grants, one participation award and one special project award totaling almost $53,000 at Thursday's Board of Education meeting.

Mike Aglialoro, president of the Foundation, presented four Clarkstown South High School students with $1,000 scholarships: Daniel Pragdat, Carisse Hamlet, Allen Lipson and Olga Zubashko. The students were selected based on essays they had written about social networks. 

Aglialoro and Dorie McMaster, vice president of the Foundation, awarded teacher recognition grants to:

  • Cathy Malgieri of Woodglen Elementary School for six iPads
  • Rachael Megdal of New City Elementary School for a Smartboard
  •  Elizabeth Quinson of Felix Festa Middle School for a Smartboard  
  • Katherine Pierce of Strawtown Elementary School for a Smartboard  
  • Jean Irizarry of Lakewood Elementary School for a Smartboard  
  • Jessica Gallagher of New City Elementary School for a Smartboard  
  • Janet Sciortino of Laurel Plains Elementary School for a Smartboard 
  • John Bennet of Strawtown Elementary School for a Smartboard  
  • Leslie Feiner of Bardonia Elementary School for a Smartboard  
  • Laurie Young of Clarkstown South for a Smartcamera
  • Mark Gorman of Felix Festa for Emaps
  • Fran Loftus of Felix Festa for social studies books
  • Cheryl Weitzner of Clarkstown North for novels
  • Gregory Belser of Felix Festa for compound light microscopes 

The selections were based on teachers' requests for technology and other resources for their classrooms. Link Elementary received notebooks for a special project and a Smartboard for having the highest participation in foundation events. 

School Superintendent Margaret Keller-Cogan thanked Aglialoro, who has been president of the foundation for two years, for his contributions of time and spirit, McMaster for her commitment and her assistant, Maureen Sullivan, for helping the foundation.

"We wouldn't have this foundation if not for your generosity," she said of Aglialoro.  

"Dorie, thank you for the energy, the commitment," said Keller-Cogan.

The foundation is holding its second annual golf outing on June 28 at the , formerly the Dellwood Country Club. 

The non-profit foundation raises money for the awards through fundraising events it holds throughout the year. The foundation has awarded more than $140,000 since its inception in 2007.

John Krouskoff June 11, 2011 at 03:02 PM
The Clarkstown Education Foundation's support of the school district is significant, and a fine example of the synergy that can be created with a strong partnership between a school district and the community. Thank you for all you do for our students and teachers. It makes a difference.

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