ON WEDNESDAY MAY 16TH, 2018 THE ON MY MIND  BOOK LAUNCH was scheduled to TAKE PLACE AT KENNEDY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL in Somers, NY.


At its inception 13 years ago, this  PROJECT was NOTED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES.  At that time There were four schools who took part, two in Brooklyn and two in Somers.  For 2018 there will be 189 students from 13 schools participating --  ranging from the Bronx to upstate NY.


 They will come by chartered bus, train, and car from as far away as 100 miles.


This project brings together the writings of high school students from suburban, rural  and inner-city schools. At the completion of the project, there is a book launch celebration at which all the students meet each other and discuss their writings. The New York Times called this undertaking, “A remarkable effort to bridge the void between poor and rich, urban and suburban, in a way that almost never occurs"


To order a copy of On My Mind 2018, send a check for a suggested donation of $11.50 (includes postage) to the Northeast Westchester Rotary Foundation at PO Box 561, Somers, NY 10589. Books will be available after May 16th.



"The Book Launch is always an uplifting experience.  Perhaps more importantly, it has great value to the those who attend, especially the students.  I am not sure those of us in attendance that night will soon forget the image of the audience clapping to support and encourage a girl who had broken into tears, though most in the audience did not even know her.  A girl who lamented the loss and grief she felt for her father.  How incomplete she felt without him in her life.  I suspect there were more than a few who empathized with her, but all felt her pain and wished to support this sad child.  How wonderful!






Northeast Westchester Rotary Club

Somers, Katonah, North Salem

in New York's beautiful Lower Hudson Valley