Elementary school students from across Nassau were invited to a ceremony at County Executive Ed Mangano’s office yesterday, to receive citations recognizing their winning Humane Society Essays.
Humane Society attorney Elinor Molbegott organizes the annual contest to raise awareness about the treatment of animals, in grade schools. The essay topic each year is “Pretend you are a non-human animal. Write about what humans should do to help your species and to make this world more humane for all animals.”
County Executive Mangano began by saying he and his wife Linda are both animal lovers, and that their two dachshunds – Max and Rocky – “are treasured members of the Mangano family.” Then he thanked the Humane Society for doing “a wonderful job providing veterinary care, abuse prevention and adoption services.”
In 2013, Mangano appointed Gary Rogers, a Massapequa resident, as the County’s Coordinator for prevention of cruelty to animals. Rogers’ responsibilities include implementing new programs to prevent cruelty to animals, community education programs, recruiting volunteers for emergency pet shelters during times of natural disaster, spay/neuter programs and animal training for County personnel who often encounter animals. During Hurricane Sandy, Gary Rogers helped operate the Nassau County Emergency Pet Shelter which cared for over 500 animals for over 4 months – thereby allowing pet owners to get back on their feet.
To the young Essay winners, Mangano said “Animals are a gift to this planet and we should do everything that we can to ensure they are taken care of and not abused. You are helping to make this world more humane for all animals. Your words of protecting, healing and caring for animals are truly inspiring and that is what we recognize and celebrate today.”
• Gianna Maros – Rhame Avenue School (East Rockaway)
• Mia Russo – Washington Street School (Franklin Square)
• Caitlin Monaghan – Maria Regina School (Seaford)
• Tyler Lanci – Polk Street School (Franklin Square)
• Colin Fisch – St. Aidan School (Williston Park)
• Kevin Sandoval – Woodland School (Hicksville)