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IMPORTANT DATES   IN THE NEWS                                                                 MAY/JUNE 2024
POSTED 6/9/24
     Thanks to the generosity of our members, once again ROBS was able to award scholarships to five Brentwood High School graduating seniors studying towards a career in education. ROBS Scholarship Chairperson, Lori Gaziano, worked hard on the selection process for the scholarship recipients.  The scholarships were presented to the recipients at the brentwood High School Awards Night on May 29, 2024.    
     The scholarships are the following:
• Retirees of Brentwood Schools in Honor of Dorothy Zuckerman
• Retirees of Brentwood Schools in Honor of Jack Zuckerman
• Retirees of Brentwood Schools in Honor of Sheila Sustrin
• Retirees of Brentwood Schools in Honor of our Deceased Colleagues
• Valerie Kujawski Scholarship

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Why did we do it?
     What was our purpose in taking on such an open ended “History Project”; for which we evolved a script of questions and got answers from over 150 subjects for two decades?
     We couldn’t answer the question in 1994 when people would ask “What are you going to do with the interviews?” All we could say was that for educational purposes we had to document our record now or lose the chance to preserve so many poignant accounts, funny stories and touching tales told by exemplary educators. We knew these dedicated public servants might shortly, for reasons yet unknown, be leaving Brentwood for good.
     So, we decided to let time sort out the details. We began scheduling appointments. W
e asked questions and listened saving for generations the essence of what it meant to have been an educator or employed, in this large public school system during the second half of the 20th century. Brentwood remains an exemplar to all others; a diverse microcosm of America reflecting 124 districts on Long Island while simultaneously resembling thousands across the U.S. We’ve accomplished something here to be proud of. Whether we were interviewed or not, ours is a claim of service that few professionals in the State of New York or elsewhere have positioned themselves to share in the way we have.
     INITIALLY the practice of sitting with a subject for an hour and giving them a hundred percent focused attention seemed somewhat daunting to a number of friends and colleagues. So much so in fact that many declined our repeated invitations to speak with us as they left careers or retired from full employment. Despite all assurances that we were not about investigative journalism or invading privacy, they deferred. Now, twenty years after we began, some are saying they may be ready. “Better late than never” we say. However, to all among you who were willing to share not only your classroom experiences and personal stories, but precious memories from your lives along with your fondest hopes for the future, we say “Thanks”. Thanks for allowing us to continue the process by paying it forward as we share these interviews with the Brentwood community and countless professionals and researchers near and far. Through an acceptance of ROBS offer of collaboration with Archivist Dr. Geri Solomon and The Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra University our History Project lives on in academia as well as in the collection of the Brentwood Public Library, thanks to Director, Thomas A. Tarantowicz.
   You can enjoy unlimited visits to www.robsny.org where you can watch and listen to segments from featured Interviews in the ROBS History Project Section on our Announcements Page each month. Return here to listen and learn again and again.

Bianca Pirro
April 19, 2004
Elementary Education Teacher

Click on the image above to read Bianca Pirro's Biography

Rosemary Moriarity
December 11, 2009
Elementary Education Teacher

Click on the image above to read Rosemary Moriarity's Biography

    You can also view any of the past interviews by visiting History Project Interview Archives

View May 8, 2015 History Project Celebration Photo Album

View History Project Slide Show on YouTube

ROBS Exit Interviews are aired on Optimum Cable - Altice Public Television
Tuesdays at 2:00 pm
Channel 20.

May 2024 schedule:
May 7 - Frank Carnese
May 14 - Harriet Pepine
May 21 - Italia Pirro
May 28 - Bianca Pirro

June 2024 schedule:

June 4 - Rosemary Moriarity
June 11 - Grace Barber
June 18 - Linda Gibson
June 25 - Carol Basso


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RC21 Trip to Kykuit
Rockefeller Estate

June 4
Awards Luncheon

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Sheila & Letty Sustrin
Children's Books Authors

John M. Sherin
Local /Regional
(Jigsaw Maps)
Geography Manipulatives

Complete Team Building Kits
Teaching Cooperation/ Collaboration
Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

Alida Thorpe
Island Vision Photography, Inc.

Rose Marie Brousseau
Brentwood Rotary Club