ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- FIrst-grader Lia DeBorba-Silva served as superintendent for a day on May 24, touring district classrooms with Elmsford UFSD Superintendent Joseph Ricca, greeting students and teachers in the hallways and selecting pizza as the menu item for the last day of school at the Carl L. Dixson Primary School.
Silva, a student in the school’s Dual Language Program, was also accompanied by Debra Williams, the Village of Elmsford’s First Lady, who also served as “Superintendent for a Day,” a first-time initiative at the district. Both were selected as “superintendents” through a raffle conducted at the Dixson Primary School, which serves students in pre-kindergarten through first grade.
One of the first tasks that DeBorba-Silva performed before taking the tour of the high school and later the Alice E. Grady Elementary School was to sign in as superintendent. She was also given a special school ID, which she wore around her neck the whole time during the half-day tour, which also included a special visit to her nine-year-old brother’s class at Grady Elementary. Silva was also presented with a nameplate and a certificate to mark the occasion.
To finish off the experience, she shared a lunch with Ricca and other staff and was given a goodie bag filled with some of her favorite things.