Northeast Westchester Rotary Club
Somers, Katonah, North Salem
in New York's beautiful Lower Hudson Valley
"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!”
"Back in 2008 I wrote a poem titled “You Are You,” which was included in the 2008 edition of “On My Mind.” Is there any chance that you have a copy of the 2008 version that you can send me? I cannot find my copy of the book. I would like to share it with my family and reference it on my Ph.D. application."
They 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.