Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony J. Santino and Councilman James Darcy today welcomed a group of 22 Hewlett High School students that participated in a meeting of the Hempstead Town Board.
A group of graduating seniors from Hewlett High School’s Interdisciplinary Participation Course in Government, Economics and English addressed the Town Board to propose recommendations aimed at enhancing safety for pedestrians and motorists on roads near Hewlett High School.
“This group of young men and women from Hewlett High School are fine representatives of our society’s future leaders,” Murray said. “They are going above and beyond by working in partnership with local government to bring positive results to not only their school, but to their entire community.”
Prior to the start of the Town Board meeting, the group of students, and teacher Mrs. Catherine Graf, were led on a tour Town Hall. They also participated in a “meet and greet” with town officials, where had an opportunity to ask questions about Town government.
“The students’ visit to Town Hall offers them with a first-hand perspective of government, while also demonstrating the importance of citizen participation,” Santino said. “This class trip certainly provided these students with a hands-on learning experience and an opportunity to make a difference for their neighbors,” Darcy added.
At the public meeting the class attended, Hewlett student Joseph Tansey, representing the group’s “Safety Squad,” addressed the Town Board. Andrea Ramirez-Gomez led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the Town Board meeting.
“This active group of students demonstrated how their voices can help make an impact in their communities,” Murray said. “I commend them for expressing a desire to improve the safety and the quality-of-life of their fellow neighbors.”