Petition for a Song

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At the heart of the district’s character development program are core values and leadership principles that assist students in developing life skills. These principles were well noted by Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Famularo, who received a petition from eight Winthrop Avenue students to bring his guitar to the school and sing “Apples and Bananas” during lunchtime in the cafeteria.

Will Cona, Zach Greenseid and Sam Kalish in Elisa Braverman’s third-grade class started the petition, and Valentino DeLuna, Alex Freidman, Jack LaGalia and Alessandro Walaitis pitched in to acquire 130 signatures over a period of six days. The petition was turned in to the superintendent’s office with an accompanying letter detailing the process.

“We asked a lot of people in the cafeteria, at recess, in class and so on,” the letter stated. “We had a blast asking people, and when we got 130 people, we got very excited.”

During Dr. Famularo’s tenure as superintendent of schools, he has played his guitar and sung with students in each of the classes at the Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center. Dr. Famularo explained that “Apples and Bananas” has always been a student favorite. He noted that he was flattered that the Winthrop students remembered the song so fondly and that he was impressed by the students’ initiative to form a petition.

“It shows real leadership skills and initiative, core values that we teach our students,” he said.  

The result was a performance of “Apples and Bananas” during the students’ lunch period, with the staff and students accompanying Dr. Famularo in singing this district favorite.