Clear Stream honors PTA Founders Day

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Valley Stream District 30’s Clear Stream Avenue School celebrated PTA Founders Day on Feb. 16. The event was a gathering of family, neighbors and friends, and recognized the National PTA’s mission to speak up for every child. It featured an assortment of entertaining and informative presentations and performances.

Kristen Morris and Raquel Cabrera, Clear Stream’s PTA president and treasurer, respectively, welcomed attendees. They thanked parents who give their time to make a positive difference for children by volunteering at events. Principal John Singleton introduced the Clear Steppers — a group of fifth- and sixth-graders who presented step dance choreography.

Board of Education President James Lavery detailed the history of the PTA and noted that, as a father of students in the district, he served as a member for approximately a decade. He discussed fundraisers and sales that the organization is known to organize, but also noted that the PTA does much more.

“Working together, we get a community of learning and sharing,” he said.
Third-grade chorus members sang “We are a Family of Friends,” and later on, “Thank You.” In between their performances was the skit, “Mr. Singleton’s Neighborhood,” which provided details of the PTA’s impact through an amusing storyline and backdrop. Retired teacher June Innella explained that kindergarten, hot lunches and many other opportunities that students have today are the result of the National PTA’s efforts.

Ms. Morris and Ms. Cabrera, as well as Shaw Avenue and Forest Road PTA Presidents Angela Laurent and Natalie Cange, presided over a candle lighting ceremony. They lit the candle of memory to honor the past, that of courage to signify the present and one of faith to represent the future.

“The PTA exemplifies the type of support we really need,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling said. “Tonight, we recognize the PTA’s history and thank Valley Stream 30 PTA’s leadership, which really makes a difference day in and day out.”