It was an evening of celebration as the Levittown Public Schools recently honored its 10 newest Hall of Fame inductees during the district's annual Hall of Fame Recognition Night at Domenico's Restaurant. Hall of Fame recipients included Thomas Cafaro, Louise Cassano, Gerald Claps, William Griffith, Frederick Johs, Phillips Margolin, Frank Russo, Ed Sholl, Michael Verdi and Eric Wedin.
The Levittown School District Hall of Fame was established in 2017 to recognize a select number of individuals who graduated from Division Avenue High School, Levittown Memorial High School or General Douglas MacArthur High School. These alumni represent only one tenth of one percent of anybody who has gone through the Levittown schools. They are nominated and selected for demonstrating outstanding qualities of citizenship and leadership and have made significant contributions to society.
"They have demonstrated these qualities in a manner that will inspire the students of the Levittown Public Schools in their pursuit of their careers and lifestyles," said Todd Winch, assistant superintendent for instruction. "Aside from this reception, recognized individuals will have a permanent place in our digital Hall of Fame located on our district website, as well as in our digital kiosk which is in the lobby of Levittown Memorial Education Center. We are so excited to have so many individuals here tonight to celebrate this moment."
During the event, the new Hall of Fame inductees were congratulated by Levittown's building and central administrators, staff members, community members, local politicians, family and friends. Mr. Winch spoke about each of the inductee's achievements and invited them or their families to the podium to say a few words. Each inductee received a plaque and a small Hall of Fame yearbook.
In addition to the Hall of Fame recognitions, Abbey Lane Elementary School Principal Dr. George Maurer and teacher Richard Schwartz were honored by Robert "B.A." Schoen, New York State School Boards Association area 11 director. He was there on behalf of the NYSSBA's Champions of Change for Kids program which recognized Mr. Schwartz's fifth grade class for writing letters to cancer survivors in an effort to brighten their day. Dr. Maurer and Mr. Schwartz were praised for the heartwarming initiative and received a banner to hang in the school.?