South Orangetown Central School District

Over the course of her tenure as principal Tappan Zee Elementary School and William O. Schaefer Elementary School (1988-1994), Ms. Carolyn Spence reached out to eight student artists and their families for permission to frame and keep their artwork. Their drawings and paintings have traveled with Ms. Spence as she continued her career in education–and now, she hopes to return it to her former students.

“Children’s artwork captures their spirits, what’s in their hearts,” Ms. Spence explained. “I’ve had the joy of having this work with me for 24 years. I’d like to get it back to the artists so that they can reconnect with who they were then.”

The former artists, from TZE and WOS (1988-1994) are: Marina Colon, Kristina DiLuzio, Kerri Gannon, Jonathan Hernandez, Melissa Porcelli, Justin Silverstein, Kathleen Sullivan and Jenny Yang.

Ms. Spence delivered the artwork to our Central Office this week, each wrapped and containing a personal note to the artist. Artists or their family members are encouraged to contact Ms. Rose Ngai ([email protected] / 845.680.1137) to coordinate pickup.

Former SOCSD principal Carolyn Spence, seated among student artwork