North Syracuse: School board, budget vote May 20

I do have four grandchildren in elementary school. Lilia (12) and Jesse (9) live in Oviedo, Florida (suburb of Orlando); Nick Losurdo (12) at Gillette Road Middle and Jeremy (8) in Cicero Elementary. My husband Len and I also have a foster child in Quatemala, through Christian Foundation for Children and Aging and our Church at St. Rose of Lima. His name is Gerson David Sequen. He just turned 10 years old on April 28 and we are going into our second year of sponsorship. He writes to us in Spanish and CFCA interprets his letters. have been in the North Syracuse Lioness Club since 1981, having been President, V-President, Secretary, Treasurer and editor of the Lioness Press more than once. Our Club has been in existence since 1959 and is one of few in New York State (Lions International), to do vision screening of pre-kindergarten students in our school district, which we have been doing over 35 years. It has been mandatory for many years that kindergarten students have their eyes tested before entering school. If children have not been tested by their doctors, we are able to assist with that process. Two vision screenings were done in April for approximately 75 children out the 600+ that will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2008. It is entirely volunteer and our most fulfilling project.

Community associations: Syracuse Symphony Orchestra; Syracuse University Orange Basketball; Red Cross blood donor; supporter of Golosano's Children's Hospital, at University Hospital and Ronald McDonald House and its charities; Parish of St. Rose of Lima Church, North Syracuse.

Why are you running for school board?

I have always loved children and believe they are the most important assets in our society. After my son Douglas passed away in June of 1986 our family started a music scholarship in the amount of $500 and we are now in the 21st year (totaling over $10,000). My son played trumpet and sousaphone in the Northstars Marching Band so the scholarship is directed at the Northstars Marching Band, color guard and visual ensemble. Many recipients have gone on in education and other worthy professions and I have been most proud to have helped a little along the way.

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