Warwick Central Valley School Superintendent Dr. David Leach received the Outstanding Service Award from the Warwick Area Migrant Committee in Pine Island on Sun., May 6. This presentation was held during a fundraiser that raised $1,000.
As Superintendent of Warwick Central School System, Dr. Leach has made extensive efforts to support the Summer Enrichment program held in the Pine Island School. His sustained efforts are recognized by the farmworker families who are very grateful for this support.
The parents have named the program “Dulce Esperanza,” which is translated to Sweet Hope. Their hope is that one day their children can be doctors, nurses or teachers. The Warwick Area Migrant Committee members selected Dr. Leach for this award because without his support, there would not have been a program. He helped to organize a meeting for the Superintendents of the other school districts to gain support for this program.
The Pine Island School comes alive in July as one hundred children enter the classrooms. Historically, the Pine Island School was used to serve farmworker children-dating as far back as 1964. Fundraising efforts continue throughout this spring and early summer for the program. Children from five school districts attend the program, including Warwick, Minisink, Florida, Goshen and Chester. While their parents work in the field, the summer enrichment program offers them a safe, supportive program for the children.
Funding for Dulce Esperanza is dependent on donations and contributions from the farmworker families. A limited number of paid staff are supported by a large crew of volunteers ranging in age from eight to 80. Volunteers provide much needed help for this program including arts, reading programs, writing workshops and computer science.
Next Fundraiser on May 19
Support is needed for Dulce Esperanza-The next fundraiser, a Mexican Dinner, is scheduled for Sat., May 19 at the Warwick Methodist Church, located at 135 Forester Ave. in Warwick. Volunteers may contact the website for more information. Tickets for the dinner are available through the website – www.wafarmworkers.org.