District commemorates William Floyd’s 282nd birthday

The William Floyd School District recently marked the 282nd birthday of William Floyd, the district namesake and one of only 56 men to sign the Declaration of Independence, through various educational activities focused on the man’s life and legacy and correlating back to students’ future legacies and what they hope to accomplish in their lives.

Students at John S. Hobart Elementary School celebrating William Floyd’s birthday with Hobart paraprofessional Dale Clancy, who volunteers at the William Floyd Estate, wearing Colonial-era clothing. She is pictured with Katrina Reilly, social worker and Gary Bretton, assistant principal; and James Westcott, principal.

The commemoration was capped off with a celebration at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library which began with the presentation of colors by the William Floyd NJROTC, and attended by essay and poster contest winners from each school and members of their families. At the conclusion of the event, all in attendance had the opportunity to sample a delicious birthday cake prepared and served by William Floyd High School Culinary Arts students.

“We believe, as a district, that it’s important that every student knows that William Floyd was an important historical figure who was instrumental in the founding of our nation,” said Kevin M. Coster, Superintendent of Schools.

This is the seventh year that the district has commemorated William Floyd’s birthday with various educational activities; beginning in 2010, students studied themes related to Mr. Floyd such as taking pride in your community, courage, strength, helping others, leadership, sacrifice and legacy.

Special thanks to our partners at the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library and to William Floyd Elementary School Principal Dr. Keith Fasciana and the birthday committee for putting together such a wonderful program.

Click here for a full list of essay and poster contest winners!

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