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Elmont, Long Island, New York 11003

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December 18
7:30 PM




The newly elected members of Gotham Avenue School’s student council are, from left, Co-president Breanna Washington, Treasurer Ashley Kempadoo, Secretary Alesia Allen, Vice President Sherely Benjamin and Co-president Tahreem Kamil.


Gotham Avenue Student Council Elections

Gotham Avenue Student Council Elections Held Co-Presidents Kamil and Washington Tapped to Lead Student Body

While adults were voting for the next U.S. president, students at Gotham Avenue School were getting lessons in election-year politics and the democratic process. Just one day after the national polls closed, the students cast their own votes for student government leaders. The elections process was complete with campaign advertisements and a candidates’ debate, and resulted in a new slate of student officers.

            Sharing the presidency are Tahreem Kamil and Breanna Washington (both sixth- graders). Also elected were Sherely Benjamin (sixth grade) as vice president; Alesia Allen (fifth grade) as secretary; and Ashley Kempadoo (fifth grade) as treasurer. According to Gotham’s Assistant Principal Dennis Cowan, this slate represents the cream of the crop. “These students are some of Gotham’s best.” He added, “Any of the 18 candidates would have made an excellent choice.”

            An important theme throughout the campaign was a commitment to the school’s strong tradition of community service. As Alesia told fellow students: “Being cool is not being part of the ‘in’ crowd; being cool is being in the crowd that cares.”

            To that end, the Gotham Avenue School student council is participating in several important community projects:

bullet a food drive in partnership with the PTA and Elmont Dads’ Club;
bullet beautifying Elmont during the annual “Elmont Clean Up Day;”
bullet paying tribute to the armed forces by participating in the Veterans Day parade;
bullet archiving the school’s history by creating a scrapbook of school events from the last two decades;
bullet and holding a toy drive during the holidays to benefit local children.

The positive impact of the student council’s initiatives are felt far beyond Elmont. Other service projects include adopting Moshen, an Egyptian boy, through the Save the Children Foundation; creating get-well cards to be distributed to Veterans Administration medical centers; and participating in a letter-writing campaign driven by, an organization that links pen pals with soldiers serving overseas.

            The mission of the Elmont Union Free School District is to “reach and teach for excellence,” which means continually improving instruction and increasing student achievement. Dedication to this goal is what has earned Elmont recognition for its “High Performing/Gap Closing Schools” and as a “model for school success” by New York state. In partnership with the community, the district holds its students to the highest standards while maintaining one of the lowest per-pupil expenditures in Nassau County.



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