2003-09-12 / Columnists

Chatting with Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
Chatting with Chapey


Dr. Gerladine Chapey, Democratic District Leader, Frances Abbracciamento and Frances Martucello admiinstrator in region five discuss new directions for education in New York City.Dr. Gerladine Chapey, Democratic District Leader, Frances Abbracciamento and Frances Martucello admiinstrator in region five discuss new directions for education in New York City.

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

The Sal Abbracciamento Landmark School - P.S. 108

I was pleased and honored to be invited to address the students, parents, teachers and administrators at P.S. 108 - The Sal Abbracciamento School, which is part of Region 5- our new designation which takes in District 19, 23 and 27. It is named after a very distinguished and outstanding graduate of P.S. 108 - Sal Abbracciamento. I was invited to speak by Frances Martucello who is a vital part of the new administrative team in our district.  

I attended the ceremony with amento, the wife of Sal.  Frances has devoted her life to the educational profession - including serving as the elected president of Community School Board 19 for over fifteen years.  Frances genuinely loves children.  She is a tireless advocate on their behalf.  She successfully lobbied in Washington, Albany and City Hall to bring in millions of dollars to provide innovative and worthwhile educational programs for the children, parents and pedagogues of her area.  To be able to visit P.S 108 with Frances was very special because she has a life time of important accomplishments there.  She is continuing to bring an enthusiasm, vitality and a strong professional commitment to the educational community. She continues to work to ensure that every child can fulfill their educational dream.

The students, parents and faculty at P.S. 108 and in Region 5 are fortunate to have a capable, dedicated and forceful leader in Frances Martucello.  She is innovative, dynamic and enthusiastic.  Her eyes light up when she talks about education.  She is a professional who is making a difference.

In my remarks to the students I looked back at the life of Sal Abbracciamento and the wonderful role model that he provides for the children.  He came to America from Italy at two years of age.  He opened his own business in Brooklyn - very near the school. He loved education. He was honest, sincere, intelligent and hard working. He believed that America was a land of opportunity.  He and his wife Frances raised four beautiful children.  Today the children at P.S. 108 can all learn from Sal Abbracciamento. They can also fulfill the American dream and grow up to be whatever they want. Sal Abbracciamento based his life on the principles of human dignity, respect for men and women, free speech, equal justice and religious tolerance.  The children can all remember these principles as they move ahead and can make them part of their lives just as they were part of Sal Abbracciamento’s life.

I reminded the children that they should always appreciate those who help them to achieve their educational goals.  In order to succeed many people must help us to identify our talents and improve them.  Always remember those who help you to succeed.  In life we have many choices.  Always choose the route that encourages others to achieve as well as yourself.  What matters in life is more than winning for ourselves.  What really matters is taking the time to stop on the road of life to help others to also win.

Education is a vital process. It always helps each of us to build on our talents and improve our lives.

Please be sure to attend the 19th annual Rockaway Music and Arts Council Festival on September 20 and 21 at the Gateway National Recreation Area in Historic Jacob Rius Park.  This year’s festival promises to be an exciting and entertaining event. The festival will run on Saturday from 11 a.m.  to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. People from the tri state area flock to the festival. It has activities that appeal to all ages. .

I hope to see you at the festival.


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