The College Pioneers Club at Schreiber High School, sponsored by the school district and Port teacher Dr. Cecilia Escamilla, is made up of students who will be the first generation in their families to go to college and they recently met up with Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio, another “Pioneer.”
During the recent Town of North Hempstead’s Community Clean-Up for Earth Day, De Giorgio had an opportunity to speak with the students as they were volunteering on Campus Drive.
She commended them for their community service and shared her own background. “When I was your age, I could not have even dreamed that one day I would have the opportunity to get a college degree and eventually have an opportunity to serve my community as an elected official,” the councilwoman stated.
She shared with the group that, like them, she was the first in her family to go to and graduate from college.
Councilwoman De Giorgio also spoke of how it was very difficult to work her way through undergraduate school and later law school, but that it was well worth it.
She encouraged the group to pursue its dreams of higher education because “one day you may be standing in front of a class as an elected official and have the chance to give back and help others in your community achieve their dreams.”
The College Pioneers was one of many groups of young people and community volunteers that gave time to help clean up and beautify Port Washington in celebration of Earth Day.