The Wiffle Ball game was DJ'd by our own staff member Mr. Burke, and actor Alec Baldwin was on hand to deliver some motivational words of support for the cause. He remained to meet with people, snap pictures, and thank those on hand for working towards a very good cause. He passed along the first-pitch duties to WGMS seventh grader Grace Schnorr who plays on the modified softball team. She is pictured at left being asked to throw the first ball by Alec Baldwin and his sister, Jane Sasso. Grace got the job done with class and style.
At the end of the Wiffle Ball game there was a tug of war between students from West Genesee Middle School and Camillus Middle School that ended with victory for West Genesee Middle School. The absolute highlight for me was not my personal best time in the four mile race (and not having a heart attack), but the singing of the National Anthem. I have probably heard the Anthem delivered a thousand times, but when West Genesee Middle School seventh grader Caitlyn Barry finished singing, the applause was deafening. What an INCREDIBLE talent. If someone has a video or recording of her performance I would love to get a copy to link to a future blog post.
I have taken some time to dig through the data so that I could form my own opinions based on the facts.
The graph above shows 351 total students may be impacted by the redistricting option that will be presented by the consultants (172 total families). Of those 351 students, 112, or 32% receive free or reduced lunch. The data shows to me that the redistricting does not single out the less financially fortunate by a margin of 3 to 1. At any rate, the Board of Education will hear the full presentation by the consultants on June 6 and WILL NOT make any decisions until AT LEAST June 20.
If you use the redistricting link that is on our home page you will have access to EVERY file, document, report, and presentation that the Board of Education has to work with as they narrow down their decision for not only redistricting, but for full day Kindergarten as well.