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School 30 Acknowledged for its Character Education Program Promoting Anti-Bullying and Teasing; Focus on Culture and Diversity

Post Date:02/28/2014

YONKERS, NY – February 27, 2014 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano today announced School 30 as the Yonkers School of the Month for February 2014. Mayor Spano honored School 30 for its active Character Education Program which promotes anti-bulling and teasing. 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 Black History Month celebration at School 30 today, Mayor Spano joined the Board of Trustees, Interim School Superintendent Michael Yazurlo, School 30 Principal Marwan Sayegh, School 30 administrators, teachers and approximately 300 students 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. “School 30 excels at fostering a positive, nurturing school environment where everyone reminds us that diversity is our greatest strength.”

Mayor Spano highlighted several character development efforts that he said set School 30 apart:

· Character Education Program – proactive approach to “making good choices” that address bullying and teasing

o School Motto: P.A.W.S – Positive Attitudes Succeed

o Set clear expectations in all areas of the school with examples of what it means to be responsible, respectful and safe

o Daily affirmations as part of morning messages stating a student’s individual uniqueness and value

· Sarah Lawrence College Community Partnership – drama workshops with college students that focus on bullying and self-esteem building

“It’s incredible to see School 30’s commitment to not only being good students and good neighbors, but being good citizens with strength of character,” said Mayor Spano. “These students are setting an example for their peers and for all Yonkers residents. I applaud the school – its students, families and staff – on this well-deserved honor.”

School 30 is the second Yonkers Public School to be selected as the School of the Month. Mayor Spano launched his new School of the Month program last month recognizing Robert C. Dodson School as the first-ever School of the Month in January.

Board of Trustees President Dr. Nader J. Sayegh said, “We thank Mayor Spano for creating this platform to showcase a different District school every month – this offers the community a window into the exceptional students, staff and programs that enliven each building. The Mayor's ongoing commitment to honor quality education and success is commendable. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we congratulate School 30's students, staff, administration and families for this well-deserved award."

Interim Superintendent Dr. Michael Yazurlo said, “It is appropriate that this award be presented during the school’s Black History Month celebration. School 30’s International Studies theme is infused throughout the curriculum, and multicultural programs such as this honor the history and traditions, not only of people throughout the world, but of the school’s own families, students and staff.”

For photos from today’s announcement at School 30, visit the City of Yonkers’ Facebook page:


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