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Elmsford Students Receive Regional PTA 'Reflections' Awards

From left, Kelly Chiarella, Director of the Westchester-East Putnam Region of the PTA, Daniella Rambaran, Prince Paul and Marla Peers, organizer of the event.
From left, Kelly Chiarella, Director of the Westchester-East Putnam Region of the PTA, Daniella Rambaran, Prince Paul and Marla Peers, organizer of the event. Photo Credit: Elmsford School District

ELMSFORD, N.Y. - Alice E. Grady School third-grader Danielle Rambaran and Hamilton High School senior Prince Paul have been honored for their writing skills by Westchester-East Putnam Region Parent-Teacher Association.

The Elmsford students were among a group of over 30 children from various Westchester and Putnam County school districts to receive regional awards for their various works of art and written compositions. Some students also received state recognition.

Rambaran and Paul received certificates during a special ceremony held in the Alexander Hamilton High School auditorium last Friday.

"The arts have been pretty badly cut from our school budgets in recent years," said Marla Peers, an Elmsford resident and parent who organizes the event on behalf of the Westchester-East Putnam regional group, "and that ultimately takes away from our children."

Rambaran wrote about her recent visit to the White House in a piece titled, "The Magic of the Moment." Prince submitted a poem titled "Inspiration."

"The Reflections Program gives them the opportunity to stretch their imaginations in creative and artistic ways," Peers said. "It may not replace the music and art programs that have been cut, but it’s one way of giving children opportunities where they might otherwise not have existed."

The awards program is part of a national PTA initiative that celebrates the arts and the talents of students in Pre-K through 12th grade in the areas of choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and the visual arts.

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