District Honorees are In It for Life

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The Bellmore Elementary PTA presented 12 individuals with New York State PTA Life Membership awards and one New York State PTA Distinguished Service Award during the annual Founders’ Day celebration, held on Feb. 13 at the Charles A. Reinhard Early Childhood Center. Honorary NYS State PTA Life Memberships are given to those who have made a significant contribution to the welfare of children and have demonstrated outstanding service to the school community. The Distinguished Service Award, received by PTA Executive Vice President Jeanne Yandolino, is given to previous NYS PTA Life Membership recipients who have served faithfully and shown tireless dedication to the cause and exceptional service on behalf of the PTA, children and education.

“Tonight, we are here to honor the star polishers who bettered the lives of Bellmore students,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Famularo said. 

After each recipient was called to the stage by PTA Co-Presidents Leslie Cerverizzo and Chantal Dembo, family members filed onto the stage with flowers and hugs. Performances by the Shore Road Sixth-Grade Chorale, under the direction of Laura Itzkovitz, and the Bellmore Star Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Itzkovitz, Randi Andersen and Maria Martucci, added celebratory notes to the cherished occasion. There was also a finale performance by The Belltones, a band comprised of music teachers and Dr. Famularo.

The Bellmore PTA and school community congratulated the following life member recipients: Hally Corrao, speech pathologist, Reinhard; Patricia Castine, principal, Reinhard; Fran Bauer, teacher, Reinhard; Maria Kotanidis, PTA; Maria Galdamez, PTA; Robin Langro, aide, Shore Road; Cathy Schriver, teacher, Reinhard; Lori Schwinger, PTA; Michelle LaMagna, special education teacher, Winthrop Avenue; Johnny Bush, custodian, Winthrop Avenue; Darleen Foley, speech/language teacher, Winthrop Avenue; and Elaine Stephan, speech/language teacher, Shore Road.