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NCLD’s Second Annual “Celebrating Our Schools” Luncheon

For the second year, members of the NCLD community, including educators, parents, and leaders in special education, gathered to shine a spotlight on schools doing great work to support students with learning disabilities. The Second Annual "Celebrating Our Schools" Luncheon was hosted at the 3 West Club in New York City on October 18, 2011. NCLD Executive Director, James Wendorf, and Board Chairman, Fred Poses, welcomed guests and shared updates from NCLD.

This year, the Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award was presented to two deserving schools: Public School 380, The John Wayne Elementary School (Brooklyn, NY) and the Stephen Gaynor School (New York, NY). Senior Advisor to the NFL Commissioner, Joe Browne, joined in the festivities and introduced the Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award and the two award presenters. The awards were presented by alumnae of the two schools, Jillian Fortuna and Cassidy Kahn, respectively. Both presenters spoke eloquently about the impact that their school has had on their lives and could not have given higher praise to the committed staff and faculty at each school. Principal Diane Vitolo accepted the award on behalf of P.S. 380 and Dr. Scott Gaynor accepted the award on behalf of the Stephen Gaynor School.

In addition to acknowledging these great schools, NCLD was proud to host Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author of My Dyslexia, Philip Schultz, who gave an inspiring and amusing reading from his book. Schultz, who did not learn of his dyslexia until he was in his 50s, shared his experience of struggling to learn to read as a child, like so many others with learning disabilities.

It was a rewarding day for all involved and NCLD is once again honored to congratulate P.S. 380 and the Stephen Gaynor School! Check out our highlights video on the Luncheon.