India Attias, a sixth-grader at Pierson Middle School has presidential aspirations. According to her mom Stacey, she’s been talking about it since she was six years old. It’s not that her parents have been pushing her in this direction. She came to it on her own. India was recently elected president of her class, perhaps the first step toward residence at the White House. This past week, India and 250 other kids from across the country got to visit Washington, D.C., an experience that will likely help her get closer to her dream.
The students participated in a leadership conference sponsored by the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. During the six-day trip, students were introduced to America’s rich tradition of leadership, and they had an opportunity to develop their own leadership skills. Students visited the Lincoln Memorial among other historic sites. A sleepover at the Smithsonian Museum was planned along with a visit to Congress.
On Sunday afternoon, India’s mom called in from the nation’s capital to say her daughter was having a great time and had already made some new friends. Perhaps she’s well on her way to the White House one day. India’s twin sister Falon also attends Pierson Middle School. Their younger sister Lily is in fifth grade at Sag Harbor Elementary. India is the daughter of Ziggy and Stacey Attias. Her grandparents are Amram and Ginny Attias of Northport, and Leroy and Mary Jo Naschke of Galveston, Texas.
Veterans and supporters will gather at the Civil War monument at Main and Madison streets on Friday, November 11, for a Veterans Day parade beginning at 10 a.m. Ceremonies at the American Legion after the parade will include remarks by Judge Joseph R. Faraguan, U.S. Army veteran. The community is encouraged to attend.
Volunteers with Jordan’s Initiative have requested donations for care packages to be sent to troops currently stationed in Afghanistan. The non-profit organization was established to honor the memory of fallen Marine Jordan Haerter. Items can be dropped off at several locations in Sag Harbor including Apple Bank, St. Andrew’s Church, and Bridgehampton National Bank.
Troops have requested snacks, personal and miscellaneous items that would help make their deployment a little more comfortable. Snacks like individual packets of candy, coffee, cookies, microwave popcorn, trail mix and energy bars would be greatly appreciated. Personal items like deodorant, eye drops, foot powder, toothpaste and brushes, lip balm, and hand lotion would help. Other useful items include playing cards, socks, kids’ toys, pens and paper, flashlights, and disposable cameras. Monetary donations are also being accepted. Items will be collected until November 19. For more information, call Chris or Michelle at 725-2489. Email inquiries may be sent to: email@example.com,
William Westbrook Burford will offer a daylong theater workshop on Saturday, November 12, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse. The workshop is designed for experienced performers, writers and directors. Fee is $200. For information, call 516-443-9594.
Everyone’s invited to celebrate Thanksgiving at this year’s Sag Harbor-Bridgehampton interfaith Thanksgiving service set for Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m. at the Old Whalers’ Church on Union Street. If you’ve never been to this interfaith intercommunity celebration before, give it a try this year, and bring a friend. It’s one of the few opportunities we have to get together across faiths and neighborhoods and across other awkward social boundaries. Representatives from various houses of worship will participate in the service, after which participants will gather in the social hall for fellowship.
Congratulations to Kathleen Comber, who was recently inducted into Ithaca College’s Oracle Honor Society. First-year students who maintain grades that put them in the top ten percent of students in their school are invited into the society. Kathleen is enrolled in the college’s School of Humanities and Sciences. Nice work, Kathleen!