Barnum Woods Celebrates Long Time Parent Volunteer

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Students at Barnum Woods Elementary School in the East Meadow School District gathered in the school’s newly paved courtyard on Oct. 5 to celebrate David Rothman’s 25 years of service to the school, district and community.
Mr. Rothman has been a volunteer at Barnum Woods for 25 years while also serving on the school’s Planning Management Team (PMT). He joined the community when his two children were students at Barnum Woods three decades ago. As a member of the PMT, Mr. Rothman and the committee have been responsible for raising money for playgrounds, helping to donate money to schools in need, rebuilding the school’s front lawn sign and many other initiatives.

During the surprise honoring ceremony, all students at Barnum Woods gathered to thank and greet Mr. Rothman while the Student Council Advisory Board presented him with thank you cards, letters and a cake. 

Barnum Woods Principal Greg Bottari led the ceremony as many community members joined the students in thanking Mr. Rothman for his continued service. During the ceremony, students were led by music teacher Meegan Coleman in the singing of “Thank You for Being a Friend,” by Andrew Gold while PMT Coordinator Melody Schillen presented Mr. Rothman with a plaque of congratulations. 

“Volunteering for 10 years is an amazing individual accomplishment, but 25 years is unheard of,” said Bottari. 

The entire district congratulates and thanks Mr. Rothman for his 25 years of service to Barnum Woods and the whole community.