Lady Delivers Keynote Address at Opening Meeting for Learning
Lady Laura Bush joined approximately 2,000 educators, volunteers
and political officials at the Back to School Opening Meeting
of Learning Leaders, where she delivered the keynote address.
make life important,” said the First Lady, who received numerous
standing ovations at New York’s Madison Square Garden. “Right
now more than ever parents, teachers need to give more attention
and love to the children of America.”
The event, coming after the attack on the World Trade Center,
served as the kick-off event of the new academic year for Learning
Leaders, an organization that recruits and trains approximately
10,000 volunteers who provide support and services to more than
150,000 NYC public school students.
blessing were revealed from the September 11th tragedy. You are
one of them,” said Ms. Bush. She thanked the organization’s volunteers
for supporting teachers while they are doing all that’s possible
to comfort their students.
September 11th our lives have changed forever, but not our role
as educators,” said the First Lady, who has served as a teacher
and librarian for many years and who has continuously advocated
for educational issues.
More than 7,000 parent volunteers will work as Learning Leaders
to serve NYC students this academic year. Other volunteers include
community members, corporate volunteers, college students and
retired and senior volunteers. The program, which has been in
existence since 1956, seeks to “help New York City public school
students gain the educational skills and self-esteem they need
to become successful learners and productive community members.”
child that God puts in our path is a child we should help,” said
Winifred Muldrow, a grandparent volunteer at PS 214 in the Bronx,
who urged the audience to “remember that children are our future.”
A volunteer since 1999 and the mother of 11 children, Muldrow
added that she finds that being a volunteer is “one of the greatest
things that happened” in her life.
believe in Learning Leaders. I have seen first hand the work that
they do,” said Shelia Krugman, a teacher at PS 130 in Brooklyn.
“They give students that extra one-on-one help that teachers often
The patriotic spirit grew as the audience joined special guest
Pete Seeger in singing “This Land is Your Land.”
meeting comes at a time of great tragedy for our city,” said Carol
Kellermann, executive director of Learning Leaders. “We all have
a part to play. Our responsibility is to keep doing what we have
been doing. Your presence today and the contribution you will
make this year will be an essential part of the city’s recovery.”
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