A color guard leads everyone in the Pledge of Alliance. After being a guiding force in insuring that all children in Rockaway receive a fair education, Goldie Maple was honored when Benjamin Cardozo Junior High School was renamed in her honor on Monday. The Goldie Maple Academy, PS 333, opened this September. In July, the corner of Beach 57 Street and Beach Channel Drive - where the school is located - was renamed Goldie M. Maple Way. Among those attending this week's ceremony, held in the school's auditorium, were Region 5 Superintendent Kathleen Cashin, Assemblywomen Audrey Pheffer and Michele Titus and friends and family of Goldie Maple along with students and staff of the school.
|Region 5 Superintendent Kathleen Cashin said, "Because of the courage and determination of Goldie Maple we have diversity and excellence in this wonderful school." Michele Lloyd-Bey, the regional superintendent of District 27/LIS told those at the ceremony "Goldie Maple made her own history, and it is going to continue in this school." Acknowledging the "pride and joy of being the first principle of the Goldie Maple Academy," Principle Angela Logan said, "I know the spirit and guidance of Goldie Maple will live on forever and [we will] continue her mission." Assemblywoman Michele Titus said, "We need to make sure that her legacy is not in vain. Working together... we can make sure the Goldie Maple Academy makes a mark in Far Rockaway as she made her mark with all of us." Dr. Desiree Maple, Goldie Maple's daughter, thanks everyone for the honor bestowed on her mother. David Hooks and Ernest Brown played a major role in the renaming of Benjamin Cardozo Junior High School to the Goldie Maple Academy. Class K-011 sings "This Little Light of Mine." Dancing to the song "Wade In the Water, students from class 4-401 perform Alvin Ailey's "Revelations." Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer called Maple "One tough lady who said she was going to make a difference, not for herself but, for her children and her children's children. After concluding the ceremony with their rendition of "We've Only Just Begun," class 2-203 spell out the new name of the woman for whom their school is named. Following the ribbon cutting, students are joined by school staff, politicians, local leaders and members of Goldie Maple's family for a photo in front of the newly unveiled sign over PS 333's entrance. |