Recognition Given by Board of Education

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During their communication meeting on Dec. 15, the members of the East Meadow Board of Education recognized several individuals in the community amid musical performances by students districtwide.

The Board began the evening by presenting their Distinguished Service Award to East Meadow residents and World War II veterans John Hughes and Angelo Auletta, who served in the U.S. Navy and Army, respectively. The award honors veterans in the community for their loyalty and devoted service to the nation.  

“It is a privilege to recognize individuals who served our country,” said Superintendent of Schools Leon J. Campo. “All of us are here today because of those who sacrificed to protect our freedoms.”

The Board also presented community member Deborah Coates with a certificate of recognition for being named a recipient of the New York State School Boards Association’s Everett R. Dyer Distinguished Service Award. According to its website, NYSSBA presents this award each year to a current or former school board member for their outstanding contributions to public education and children in their own school district.

“In addition to serving as an East Meadow Board trustee and president, as well as an outstanding member of Nassau BOCES’ board, Ms. Coates has always been a valued member of our community and an outstanding PTA leader,” said East Meadow Board President Marcee Rubinstein. “We are so proud of her.”  

The evening ensued with musical performances by the W.T. Clarke brass ensemble, woodwind quintet and saxophone quartet; the East Meadow High School wind ensemble, steel drum ensemble and handbell choir; a Barnum Woods Elementary School violin and cello duo; the string ensembles from McVey and Barnum Woods elementary schools; members of the Bowling Green Elementary School band; and the Woodland Middle School vocal jazz ensemble.