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Blind Brook High School Student
Selected as Recipient of 
2015 Student Civic Achievement Award  
 
Sam Zarkower
Samuel ("Sam") Zarkower, an 11th grader at Blind Brook High School, has been chosen to receive the League's 2015 Student Civic Achievement Award. This award is given annually by the League to a high school student who lives in and attends a high school in the City of Rye, Villages of Rye Brook and Port Chester, or the Rye Neck section of the Town of Rye, in recognition of the student's overall contributions to his or her school and community in the areas of civic engagement, advocacy, leadership or voter education.  
            
Sam is the Vice President of Junior States America, founder and member of his school's Debate Team, has participated for three years in the Tools for Change research project sponsored in part by the League and the Town of Rye and is currently serving as a teaching assistant, is a member of his school's Student Congress, is a three year member of Model United Nations, volunteers at a soup kitchen and is a peer tutor. This summer Sam will go the south side of Chicago with the goal of introducing a character education and leadership program to the schools as an alternative to the gun violence that has taken too many young lives in that area. 
             
In his application essay, Sam commented, "... I am drawn to civic engagement, politics and advocacy because they are fundamental to our nation's foundation and have made us what we are today and will determine what we will become in the future."   
             
We congratulate Sam on being the recipient of the League's 2015 Student Civic Achievement Award.  


LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HOSTED AN ISSUE FORUM ON THE COMMON CORE “THE COMMON CORE – FROM INSPIRATION TO IMPLEMENTATION”

 The forum dealt with issues that have arisen following the adoption of the Common Core standards several years ago, which represent some of the most pressing public education issues today.
Proponents of the Common Core say that the adoption of the standards was an essential first step to bring truthfulness and transparency to the measuring the achievement of students in our country. The results of tests based on the Common Core standards could then be used to close the gap between socioeconomically disadvantaged children compared to non-disadvantaged kids, as well as the gap between those same non-disadvantaged kids and their peers in Europe and Asia.
Critics complain that its rollout has been deeply flawed. These critics say that the new curriculum has resulted in students feeling bored, confused and frustrated – particularly when it comes to math - and that kids’ creativity has been stifled as a result of so-called “teaching to the test.” They fear that test results will take on a disproportionate importance in many areas ranging from teacher evaluation to college acceptances.
Which of the complaints are valid and which are not? Is the Common Core due for a major course correction or just some tweaking around the edges?
These and other issues were discussed by a distinguished panel, which includes Dr. Peter D. Salins, Dr. Frank Alvarez and Dr. Edward Kliszus.
Dr. Salins is University Professor of Political Science at Stony Brook University and a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and formerly served as Provost of the State University of New York. He is the author of six books, including most recently The Smart Society – Strengthening America’s Greatest Resource, its People –as well as numerous articles on public education in the U.S.

A video of the forum is available on this website.


IN SERVICE TO COMMUNITY:  STONE SOUP
"its what you bring to the pot"


On Sunday March 8th, members of our chapter of the League gathered with members of the Rotary Club of Port Chester & Rye Brook, the Port Chester/Rye NAACP, the Latino Network and Windows of the Future for dinner and discussion. We were graciously hosted by One World United & Virtuous in its loft at 163 North Main Street in Port Chester.

This was the first event in what will be a series of structured programs around issues that impact community. In other words, we are bringing together people who share a commitment to civic engagement and yet may see things differently. What we intend to create is a safe space for learning and open dialogue. Possible topics will include: Civic Apathy, Wealth Inequality and Race Relations.


After sitting down to a delicious home-cooked meal about 30 participants settled themselves  at their tables to get better acquainted. Together we explore the topic: "What gets you off the coach."  In other words, what are each of us passionate about. Lead by our facilitator, Jack Zacarra, we participated in a larger group discussion about what differences and points of similarities had been observed. The evening concluded with brief presentations about the mission and activities of each of the participating organizations.


As League member, Dinah Howland, observed, "Last night's event was very positive and informative. I think you've got a good thing going." Debbie Reisner, League president commented, the discussions were at once encouraging and informative. I believe the people who attended felt it was a good use of time. We look forward to getting together again."


Our next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, April 26 when the topic we will "dig into" will be civic apathy.  Bring your feelings and opinion to the pot!
Please RSVP to LWV.Rye.RyeBrook.PortChester@gmail.com.



Student Civic Achievement Award Applications are now being taken.
(Article in left hand column)

The Candidates Forum will be broadcast on Port Chester Public Access TV.
Watch for dates and times.
Watch the Candidates Forum on-demand at the League of Women Voters’ Facebook Page: Facebook.com/LWVRRBPC
Website: www.LWVRRBPC.org

Contacts - Telephone: (914) 698-7166 or


Students Inside Albany 2015


TWO LOCAL STUDENTS CHOSEN TO ATTEND
STUDENTS INSIDE ALBANY PROGRAM

RYE, NY – The League of Women Voters – Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester announced today that Haley Neiman, a student at Rye High School, and Spencer Kaplan, a student at Blind Brook High School, have been chosen to attend this year’s Students Inside Albany program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation, Inc. This 15th annual Students Inside Albany program will take place from May 17-20th, and will bring approximately 60 students from across the state to Albany to get a first-hand education about their state government. The program is designed to increase high school students' awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide information about the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility.  Congratulations to Haley and Spencer.

Students will participate in a series of interactive discussions with Albany insiders on topics such as the state budget process, the role of lobbyists in the legislative process, citizen rights to access government information, the role of media in politics, and the move to reform state government.  While in Albany, the students will have an opportunity to tour the state’s Capitol. The highlight for most students is the opportunity to shadow their Senator and their Assembly member for an afternoon and attending sessions on the Chamber floor.

For more information on the League of Women Voters – Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester, please visit their website, www.LWVRRBPC.org. For more information on the League of Women Voter of New York State Education Foundation, Inc., or the Students Inside Albany program, please visit their website at: www.lwvny.org.


Tools For Change 2014



Final Presentation  of the 2014 Seminar was held on May 20th at 8:00 Town Hall

After much discussion and investigation into an issue being dealt with by many local communities, the students of the Tools For Change Seminar decided to studyHow do current challenges effect the ability of community organizations’ to address hunger?
Unlike in years past when the students have gone into the field to canvas local residents, a focus group made up of leaders of hunger related community organizations will be interviewed by the students to discuss the various challenges and strategies employed to deal with this difficult issue.

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2014 Student Achievement Award Announced


Rye, NY, May 30, 2014 -- Samuel (Sam) Lawhon, an 11th grader from Rye Neck High School, has been chosen by the League of Women Voters of Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester to receive its 2014 Student Civic Achievement Award. This is the inaugural year of the award. It will be given annually to a high school student who lives in and attends a high school in the City of Rye, Villages of Rye Brook and Port Chester, or the Rye Neck section of the Town of Rye, in recognition of the student’s overall contributions to his or her school and community in the areas of civic engagement, advocacy, leadership or voter education.  
 Sam is a member of his award winning high school's Mock Trial Team, has participated in the Tools for Change research project sponsored in part by the League and the Town of Rye, is a co-founder and President of the Student Awareness Coalition at Rye Neck High School which seeks to raise awareness of human rights abuses, is a member of his school's Student Senate, and has conducted his own research on the influence of current events knowledge on high school students. This summer Sam will attend a program at Columbia University entitled "Leadership in Law." 
In his application essay, Sam commented, "… I am in the midst of processing data for my own research project to investigate high school students' awareness of both national and international current events. This concept is extremely important to me because I believe that in order to preserve our democratic values, our country must have a politically informed and aware populace."
   
We congratulate Sam on being the recipient of the 2014 Student Civic Achievement Award. 

       
    Rye Student Chosen to Attend
 "Students Inside Albany" Conference


Rye, NY, May 12, 2014 – The Rye, Rye Brook & Port Chester chapter of the League of Women Voters announced today that MacGuire (Mac) Killian, a 9th grader from Rye High School, has been chosen to attend this year’s Students Inside Albany program sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation. This thirteenth annual Students Inside Albany program runs from May 18-21, and will bring approximately 60 students from across the state to Albany to get a first-hand education about their state government. The program is designed to increase high school students' awareness of their responsibility in representative government and provide information about the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility.
While at the conference, students will join their peers in a hands-on learning experience about how state government works.  Students will participate in a series of interactive lectures on topics such as the state budget process, the role of lobbyists in the legislative process, citizen rights to access government information, the role of media in politics, and the move to reform state government.  While in Albany, the students will have an opportunity to tour the state’s Capitol. The highlight for most students is the opportunity to shadow their Senator and their Assembly member for afternoon attending sessions on the Chamber floor.
In his application essay, Mac commented, “If I understand the legislative process, I would be better able to contribute to helping my community and state in dealing with these issues.  I would like to meet other kids around New York to share ideas and opinions and what they think are the issues facing our state.”

Congratulations to Mac!

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