Over the past week, we were privileged to spend some time with two different groups of students who have been working hard to achieve their dreams. On Monday, the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society hosted a small party for students of St. Thomas the Apostle.
These students have been working hard on the restoration of the Wyckoff-Snedicker Family Cemetery behind All Saints Church on 96th Street. Over the past year, on the second Saturday of every month, these students led a group of volunteers in the cleanup of this historical and sacred ground.
After spending a year working on Woodhaven’s oldest historical site, it seemed appropriate to treat them to lunch at our community’s other oldest historical site – Neir’s Tavern. Fresh from graduation and year-end ceremonies, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade volunteers were in the mood to have fun. Many thanks to Loy Gordon of Neir’s for hosting us.
For the 8th graders, it is a bittersweet moment. On one hand, it is a time of promise and excitement, moving on to high school and new adventures. But on the other hand, it is also the end of something that has been a part of over half their lives.
We wish those graduates all of the very best of luck in high school and in their future studies. Many thanks to all the students for their work on the cemetery, and special thanks to the teachers and parents of St. Thomas who worked on this project: Patty Eggers, Nubia Martinez, Lydia Martin, Arely Anderson and Mary Delaney.
We have a lot of work ahead of us and we know we’ll see them and volunteers from all over the neighborhood coming out to restore Woodhaven’s historic cemetery. We have a special cleanup scheduled for Saturday, June 27, and then we’re back on our regular schedule on Saturday, July 11.
All cleanups start at 9 a.m. and end at noon and everyone is welcome to participate. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Last week, we were privileged to spend time with the students of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center for Women. Over 70 women who have spent the past year learning English and preparing for their High School Equivalency exams took part in a closing ceremony at Monsignor Mulz Hall on Jamaica Avenue.
For these students, the closing ceremony was one step closer to fulfilling their dreams. Many of them will be back in September to keep up their good work. One student that we spoke with is entering her final level of ESL classes and then plans to move over to the HSE classes.
And to help the Educational Center, the students came out last Friday for a fundraiser held for the Sisters at the Forest Park Carousel. Is there a better way to kick off summer? Residents from all over Woodhaven came to ride our historic landmark for a good cause. Many thanks to the Forest Park Carousel for generously offering up their space to the Sisters for the evening.
We are very fortunate to live in a community with so many people who are willing to help one another and support each other’s dreams. Congratulations to students and graduates all over Woodhaven. May you all achieve your goals and dreams. And may everyone have a safe, happy and healthy summer!