Etched in Sand author Regina Calcaterra came to visit Brookhaven Elementary School to share with the staff her story of resilience and optimism. Regina and her four siblings grew up on Long Island dealing with homelessness and an abusive mother. Later they were faced with the challenges of the foster-care system.
Regina talked about how some of her past teachers, librarians and also her siblings encouraged and influenced her to get an education. Her goal was to graduate college. Today Regina Calcaterra is a successful lawyer, New York State official, and activist. Regina’s message to the staff is that they can bring kindness to a child in that moment in time when a child in need is before them. Their kind act can forever impact a child.
Special thanks to Mrs. Nicole O’Leary and the Brookhaven Reading Department for organizing this special visit.