Senator Suzi Oppenheimer was recentinly honored by the Westchester Library System for her advocacy and leadership on behalf of the state's public libraries. Dave Donelson, of the WLS Board of Trustees and Terry Kirchner, Executive Director of WLS, present the award to Oppenheimer at an event on April 12, 2012.
Lars Schonander of Iona Grammar Wins Oppenheimer's Second Annual Geography Bee
On April 16, 2012, Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) hosted her second annual Geography Bee for local middle school students at Iona Grammar School in New Rochelle. Eighth grade students from four area middle schools – Blind Brook Middle School in Rye Brook, Iona Grammar School in New Rochelle, and both the Rye County Day School and Rye Middle School in Rye – participated in this year’s competition.
Lars Schonander of Iona Grammar emerged victorious in the geography bee, surviving stiff competition from fellow Iona classmates Thibault Forgeas and Stefan Lindblom, Rye Brook’s Sam Zarkower, Rye Country Day’s Daniel Kozek and Rye Middle School eighth grader, Mihir Bala. Everyone present was impressed by the depth of knowledge that each student demonstrated.
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce Senate passage of S.5650-C, a bill aimed at strengthening the New York State daycare system by focusing on early childhood education in daycare settings. The bill directs the Commissioner of the NYS Department of Education (SED) to examine and make recommendations on early education in a variety of child care settings.
“I am a firm believer that the door to education opens long before kindergarten,” said Senator Oppenheimer. “All of our children deserve the chance to learn and prosper, and daycare can be an ideal place for educating our young children, as well as keeping them safe.”
Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) is pleased to announce a partnership between the New York State Senate and the New York State Library in support of summer reading for children and families across New York State. The Senate’s 2012 Summer Reading Program and the New York State Library’s 2012 Summer Reading at New York Libraries will establish a strong initiative that encourages students to reinforce the knowledge they gain during the school year.
“As students throughout the state enjoy their school vacations, I strongly encourage them to take advantage of their public libraries this summer,” said Senator Oppenheimer. “Research shows active summer reading is the best way to avoid the learning losses that are typical of summer break.”