PTA Bestows Life Membership Awards

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The Bellmore PTA presented 13 individuals with New York State PTA Life Membership awards during the annual Founders Day Celebration, held on April 12 at Reinhard. An honorary New York State membership is the highest honor the PTA can bestow upon an individual and is given to those who have made a significant contribution to the welfare of children.

PTA co-president Beth Fingeroth explained that she and co-president Natalie Molloy tried to keep the names of the recipients a secret prior to the ceremony. “You have all done so much for the students of Bellmore,” Ms. Fingeroth said in her introductory remarks. “We thank you for your service.”

 After each of the recipients was called to the podium, family members filed on to the stage with flowers and hugs. The Reinhard Rising Star Chorus, the Advanced Recorder Ensemble and the Shore Road Chorus punctuated the celebration with musical performances. To top off the evening, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Famularo and the Belltones entertained all who attended this cherished Bellmore tradition.  

The Bellmore Elementary PTA congratulates the following Life Membership recipients: Alison Burke (prekindergarten teacher), Sally Curto (Winthrop Avenue principal), Dr. Joanne Dacek (assistant superintendent for instructional services), Lisa Garry (Shore Road sixth-grade teacher), Joanne Genzone (outgoing sixth-grade parent), Randi Giller (PTA member), June Guardiola (outgoing sixth-grade parent), Helen Lambe (Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center nurse), Natalie Molloy (PTA co-president), Karen Reilly (Winthrop Avenue third-grade teacher), Jenn Renck (outgoing sixth-grade parent), Kerri Rinaldi (PTA member) and Laura Strawa (outgoing sixth-grade parent).