CAPS Poetry Contest Winner


ContestCenahi Smith, a fourth-grade student at Forest Avenue Elementary School, is the grand prize winner in the 16th annual Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) Bully Prevention Poster and Poetry contest. More than 1,000 students from 40 schools on Long Island submitted entries. The winning 12 posters and three poems will be featured in the 2016-2017 CAPS School Year Calendar to be distributed this fall. CAPS has long been headquartered in Roslyn.
“The contest is open to children who participated in our elementary school program, Steer Clear of Bullies,” said Alane Fagin, CAPS executive director. “It provides them with a creative opportunity to reinforce their understanding of the social and assertiveness skills they’ve learned through our bully prevention workshop, which promotes empathy, tolerance and a community of caring both in and out of the classroom.”
The calendar is made possible, each year, through the generosity of Howard and Roz Kroplick of East Hills. Roz is a CAPS Board Member and chairs the Poster Contest Committee. It will be distributed in September to all private and public elementary and middle schools and libraries on Long Island. It is also available by request through CAPS by calling 516-621-0552 ext. 301.

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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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