An outstanding panel of community leaders judged the essay contest, including, Linday Blyer, Director of Families First, Inc., Marilyn Gelber, Executive Director of Independence Community Foundation, Jacqueline Jefferson, former librarian at New York College of Technology, Martha Kamber, Executive Director of the YWCA of Brooklyn, Deborah Schwartz, President of the Brooklyn Historical Society, and Ellen Spodek, Justice of the Civil Court, Kings County.
The essays were divided into three categories, 3rd and 4th Grades, 5th and 6th Grades, and 7th and 8th Grades. The winners in each category were asked to read a portion of their essays to the audience and were awarded a $50.00 government savings bond donated by Fidelis Care. Additionally, all participants were presented with a New York State Assembly Certificate by Assemblywoman Millman to recognize their efforts.
“I am encouraged by the overwhelming participation in this year’s Women’s History Month Essay Contest,” said Assemblywoman Joan Millman. “This contest is a great opportunity for all of us to recognize the important contributions to society that women make every day. For five years now, my essay contest has been a fun way for students to learn and write about women who serve as great role models. But it is the parents and teachers who continue to make this event a success, encouraging the participation of students from ten different schools throughout the district.”