Advocacy Day 2017
A team from Southern Westchester BOCES that included two alumni visited Albany March 1 to meet with nearly a dozen members of the state Senate and Assembly and advocate for our programs.
Tamira Glover, 19, and Matty Robertson, 24, told their respective stories to lawmakers in a series of meetings at the state Capitol. Tamira is a graduate of the Incarcerated Youth Program who earned her High School Equivalency and intends to enroll in the HVAC career training program run by the Center for Adult and Community Services at our campus in Valhalla. Robertson, who is autistic, returned to SWBOCES and is a teachers aid in the Center for Special Services program at Farragut Middle School in Hastings.
Also on hand were District Superintendent Harold Coles, Board of Education members Lynn Frazer McBride and Georgia Riedel, Assistant Superintendent James Gratto, Director of Technology Victor Pineiro, Director of Communications Brian Howard, Counselor Kevin McCallister and teachers Lesa Curtis and Keith Mattos. The Advocacy Day efforts were part of a larger partnership between BOCES and New York State United Teachers.