ULSTER COUNTY EXECUTIVE MIKE HEIN HOSTS “WHO IS A SENIOR” ESSAY AND DRAWING CONTEST EXHIBIT AND PRESENTS LOCAL STUDENTS WITH AWARDS

Posted June 13, 2013

Kingston, NY – Last night Ulster County Executive Mike Hein and Office for the Aging Director Anne Cardinale hosted an exhibit opening and award ceremony for the “Who is a Senior” essay and drawing contest at Barnes & Noble in Kingston.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"492","attributes":{"class":"media-image alignright size-medium wp-image-1434","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"300","height":"225","alt":"County Executive Hein with Serenity Soul Herzog and Sara Klementis "}}]] The County Executive and the Office for the Aging invited area students in grades 1 and 2  to draw a picture of their ideas about senior citizens and invited grades 3 through 5 to write an essay on the same topic.  Dozens of students from eight schools participated.  The pictures and essays will be on display at Barnes & Noble until June 17th. “The pictures and essays were all beautiful,” said County Executive Hein.  “It was nice to see how much respect these young students have for their elders and how much fun they have together too.  The exhibit brought back great memories of being raised in a household with my parents and grandparents.” [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"493","attributes":{"class":"media-image alignleft size-medium wp-image-1435","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"300","height":"225","alt":"County Executive Hein, Office for the Aging Director Anne Cardinale, the contest winners and other Ulster County students"}}]]Local author Betty Moskowitz chose the essay winner and local painter and Office for the Aging staffperson Linda Palfreyman chose the best drawing.  The County Executive awarded Serenity Soul Herzog of Mrs. Kelly’s 4th grade class at Chambers Elementary School first prize for her incredible essay and Sara Klementis, a 2nd grader at Zena Elementary School, first prize for her beautiful drawing. "It is because of my grandmother Anna that I have many fond memories of family as a child.  Challenging Ulster County children to tell us "who is a senior citizen" through their minds eye, reminds us of our family values and respect for the older generation.  I thank especially Linda Wainwright Palfreyman and Bette Moskowitz for judging such amazing compositions and artwork." Many of the young authors and artists attended, as well as their families and a few school administrators.

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 Attachments:  A photograph of County Executive Hein with Serenity Soul Herzog and Sara Klementis and a photograph of County Executive Hein, Office for the Aging Director Anne Cardinale, the contest winners and other Ulster County students who participated in the contest.  Photos courtesy of County Executive Mike Hein’s office.