By Eileen Gallagher
If a picture is worth a thousand words, can you imagine what a newly printed, three dimensional “picture” is worth? Or an exuberant a capella rendition of John Legend’s “All of Me,” and a robotic car steered across a table? All of these are, in a word, priceless, and are brought to our community with the help of the Chappaqua School Foundation.
This past Friday night’s benefit offered firsthand glimpses of the impact that funding from CSF has on our children. Students of all ages engaged observers with their sincere and captivating presentations, including a fourth grader’s introduction of “MindUP” strategies for learning, sixth grade demonstrations of 3-D designing, high school robotics lessons, and a sampling of “Peaceful Playgrounds” from kindergarten through fourth grade.
Dr. Lyn McKay, Superintendent of the Chappaqua School District, remarked that, as standardized tests are being graded, it would be wonderful to be able to include the enthusiasm and level of engagement of the children taking part in these enriching activities.
Around 500 community members enjoyed a delicious buffet and wide variety of generously donated items for the silent auction. Laughter, smiles, and all around good cheer were observed in abundance, as the “village” that raises our children came together.