Celebrating Our Schools

Written by NCLD Editors | 5 years ago

NCLD’s Fifth Annual “Celebrating Our Schools” Luncheon

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, school leaders, teachers, parents and thought leaders came together for NCLD’s 5th Annual “Celebrating Our Schools” Luncheon. The event took place at the 21 Club in New York City, and was emceed by Andrea Davis Pinkney, NCLD Board Member and New York Times bestselling author of books for children and young adults.

NCLD was pleased to honor the work of two outstanding schools that provide learning environments that truly promote the educational and emotional development of students with learning and attention issues. P.S. 200 The Benson Elementary School in Brooklyn, New York and Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, Connecticut were awarded the Pete & Carrie Rozelle Award, named in honor of NCLD’s founders.

Both of these schools exemplify leadership, innovation and success in addressing their students’ learning and attention challenges. Andrea Davis Pinkney said, “These two incredible schools make the NCLD vision a reality by giving every student the tools he or she needs not only to survive but to thrive, lead a productive life and build a meaningful future.”

The awards were accepted by Principal Javier Muniz and student Jimmy Chen (Benson School) and Head of School Dr. Marjorie Castro and student Rafer Friedman (Eagle Hill).The courageous and honest remarks by students Jimmy Chen and Rafer Friedman were a strong testimony to the life-changing influence an excellent school can have on the lives of students with learning and attention issues.

The proceeds from the luncheon will go towards our continued work to:

  • Transform Learning Environments through innovative frameworks, tools and strategic consulting to provide urgently needed support to teachers and students nationwide.
  • Ensure Bright Futures for Young Adults by providing them with the tools they need to become confident, effective self-advocates throughout school, college, career and adult life.
  • Attract, Engage and Empower at least one million parents per month through our online resources so they have the tools and resources to give children the help they deserve.
  • Strengthen Legal Protections for each and every individual who struggles with learning and attention issues by mobilizing our ever-growing army of advocates to press for new policies that create new opportunities to succeed.

It was an inspirational event for all in attendance. Both schools embody NCLD’s mission to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 Americans that struggle with learning and attention issues each and every day.