The Board of Education at its Sept. 17 meeting honored Locust Valley Intermediate School Teaching Assistant Cynthia Ergen for her dedication to the community. Ms. Ergen recently worked with various community organizations to collect nearly 100 backpacks filled with school supplies for Locust Valley Central School District students. The backpacks were delivered to children who may otherwise not have had the necessary supplies to be as successful as possible this school year.
The Locust Valley Library and Bayville Library posted paper apples on trees for residents to pick. Each apple contained the grade and gender of a specific child, along with the appropriate school supply list. No names were included; however, participants in this community service project knew what type of backpack to buy based on the age and gender, so the student would be comfortable carrying it.
Ms. Ergen worked tirelessly with her partners to gather information on which students were in need of assistance, prepare the paper apples for community members to pick up and keep track of all the details. Once backpacks were delivered to each library, Ms. Ergen and her team ensured that they were delivered to the correct families. She said the families were grateful for the gifts that would help their children be better prepared for school. Many children sent notes expressing their thanks and excitement for the brand-new supplies.
Acting Superintendent of Schools Thomas P. Dolan, Ed.D., said the efforts Ms. Ergen put forth for this project make her an asset to the community. “We strive to create a community where partnerships are at the heart of our success, and Ms. Ergen has stepped up to help us achieve that goal,” he said.
Dr. Dolan and Board of Education President Jennifer Maselli presented Ms. Ergen with a certificate of appreciation and words of thanks.
The district wishes to thank all of the community organizations and individuals who worked hard on this endeavor, along with those that donated backpacks to our students.