Middle School Goes to Albany

This Tuesday the middle school went on a meaningful trip to Albany where the students had the opportunity to learn about advocacy and to meet numerous elected officials. The students met with State Senator Todd Kamensky, Assemblymen Ron Kim, Daniel Rosenthal and other distinguished politicians. In addition, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, an alumni of SSSQ, addressed the students and presented a legislative resolution to our school. Below is an email we received today from Sydney Altfield, Associate Director of the Grassroots Engagement and her feedback from these politicians and their reaction to our students who attended.


Thank you all for joining us in Albany yesterday! It was a day filled with civic engagement and advocacy. I hope you and the students enjoyed as much as we did!

We received great feedback from all of the legislators. One even said people always come to ask them for things to be done, but rarely do they ever come to say thank you for what has been done. That should be a great lesson in life as well to always say thank you.

In that regard, I am compiling all of the addresses for the legislators so that your students can send them thank you notes and even send them a copy of the pictures that were taken. They may even hang them in their offices!

I look forward to continuing the strong relationship between Solomon Schechter School of Queens and Teach NYS. Thank you again!


Sydney Altfield


This letter demonstrates the positive impression our students have made while in Albany. We are continuing to cultivate these relationships as our students are writing letters of appreciation this week to these politicians. We look forward to continue to teach advocacy to our students and for them to recognize that they can make a profound impact in their communities and in the world at large.