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Mayor Mike Spano Launches School of the Month Award

Robert C. Dodson School Recognized as the first-ever Yonkers School of the Month

Post Date:01/07/2014

Yonkers, NY – January 06, 2014 – Mayor Mike Spano announced the launch of his new School of the Month program, recognizing Robert C. Dodson School as the first-ever School of the Month. Mayor Spano’s School of the Month Program recognizes Yonkers’ public schools and their students, teachers, administrators and staff for academic excellence, extracurricular achievement, athletic success and a commitment to the city through volunteerism.

At a ceremony at Dodson, Mayor Spano joined Superintendent Bernard Pierorazio, members of the Board of Trustees, Yonkers Federation of Teachers President Pat Paleo, Dodson Principal Tiara Reyes-Vega, Dodson administrators, teachers and student government members to pay special tribute to the school.

“We have incredible schools in Yonkers and some of the most dedicated and talented administrators, teachers and staff around,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “But it’s our students that truly set Yonkers apart. The students at Dodson not only excel academically, they are committed to volunteerism and giving back to the community.”

Mayor Spano highlighted several volunteer efforts that he said set Dodson apart:

· When a student was diagnosed with cancer last year, classmates organized a St. Baldrick’s Foundation Event during which nearly 100 students received haircuts and raised thousands of dollars for cancer research;

· 8th Grade students recently raised over $2,000 for the annual Dodson Breast Cancer Walkathon;

· Dodson students collected over 230 pajamas and donated $150 to the Pajama Program; and

· Students collected food to help feed the less fortunate during the Holiday Season.

“It’s incredible to see this culture of giving and community engrained in such young students,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “These students are not only setting an example for their peers, but for all Yonkers residents.”

Superintendent of Schools Bernard Pierorazio said, “The Dodson School embraces a holistic approach to educating its students by addressing all components of development: intellectual, emotional, social and physical. The school not only nurtures academic excellence, but also cultivates within its students a strength of character and an understanding of personal responsibility to the community. I applaud the school – its students, families and staff – for this well-deserved honor.”

For photos of today’s announcement at Dodson, visit the City’s Facebook page here.

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