December 9, 2003 - Issue: Vol. 149, No. 176 — Daily Edition108th Congress (2003 - 2004) - 1st Session
DECEMBER SCHOOL OF THE MONTH, NEW YORK'S 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
(Extensions of Remarks - December 09, 2003)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E2531] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] DECEMBER SCHOOL OF THE MONTH, NEW YORK'S 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT ______ HON. CAROLYN McCARTHY of new york in the house of representatives Monday, December 8, 2003 Ms. McCARTHY. Mr. Speaker, it's with great pride that I announce Franklin Elementary School in the Hempstead Union Free School District as School of the Month in the Fourth Congressional District for December 2003. The Principal of Franklin Elementary School is John W. Moore. Regina Armstrong and Carolyn Townes-Richards are the Assistant Principals, and the Superintendent of Schools is Dr. Nathaniel Clay. Franklin Elementary School is the largest elementary school in the Village of Hempstead with over 750 students in grades Kindergarten through 5, and 115 dedicated staff members. The faculty work to fulfill the school's mission: To achieve a safe and secure educational environment that promotes working with parents and the community to ensure that all students reach and maintain high academic standards. Despite various factors the students must overcome, they have shown, and maintained, academic progress in their pursuit to achieve and exceed the standards set by the school. The school's motto, ``Your choices determine your destiny.* * * Choose them wisely,'' puts the students'' future in their hands and they have succeeded. Through the rich and diverse cultural wisdom of its students and staff, Franklin Elementary School has distinguished itself as a community, county and a national resource. Recognized as a national school of excellence, Franklin Elementary School this year received from the Department of Education the National Blue Ribbon award. The honor is awarded annually to schools to acknowledge the achievements and hard work of the students, staff members, families and community. Franklin Elementary School's band has been locally and nationally recognized and is regarded as one of the best elementary school bands in New York State. The band has participated in numerous community events resulting in its adoption by the Eastern Regional Federal Aviation Headquarters. The organization has given students mentorship, tours of its facilities, awards and career advice. It is a relationship benefiting both sides, which I hope will be maintained in the future. Mr. Speaker, the faculty and students, of Franklin, along with the community, have created a wonderful learning environment. I am proud to name Franklin Elementary School the school of the month for December 2003. ____________________