Somers, N.Y. – 9/07/2012 – Schools across the county welcomed students back for another academic year this week.  This Friday, Kennedy Catholic had the added benefit of kicking off its first full day with a check presentation by Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C).

Ball is no stranger to Kennedy, having partnered with its president and principal, the Rev. Mark Vaillancourt, and Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy this past spring in the fight to preserve busing mileage minimums for non-public schools.  Members of Ball’s Citizens Advisory Council, co-chaired by Father Vaillancourt and Murphy, ventured up to Albany in April to meet with key members of the Mandate Relief Council and state their case.

Kennedy’s president was excited to receive additional funding for Kennedy’s Summer School Program that serves area districts.  The $10,000 in bullet aid will go toward programs at Kennedy that impact the larger community, specifically, its Summer School, PSAT and High School Readiness programs.

“For the past two years, our staff has worked hard to fill the void of summer enrichment programming in Northern Westchester,” Father Vaillancourt said.  “We are pleased the Senator has recognized that we, too, are ‘gettin’ it done’.”

Kennedy also recognize the winner of the Marc Napolitano Freshman Scholarship, made possible by the generous support of the family and friends of the 2008 graduate who died tragically in an upstate car accident in January of 2010.  A similar scholarship, provided by Crown Awards of Elmsford, is awarded to a senior each year at commencement.

The Mass was offered for 1st Lt. Tyrell Thompson, a 2006 graduate who collapsed and died during a pick-up basketball game in Virginia on Aug. 22.

“As a former Air Force Officer, my heart goes out to the Thompson Family and his Kennedy Catholic community,” Ball said.  “My hope is that this funding will enable Kennedy to continue producing the kind of upstanding men and women, like Tyrell, who serve their country with courage and compassion.”


For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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