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Our school has to be named, so instead of going the route of naming it after a man, I thought it would be nice to name it after an influential woman in NYC (Queens, preferably) who contributed to the borough, especially to education, something along those lines. I thought about Shirley Chisolm, but I think that she is still alive, and unfortunately, the person for whom the school is named has to be deceased. If you can contribute any ideas, it would be greatly appreciated.

Donna Nieves


Dear Donna,

What fun that you get to be involved in naming your school. Maybe there is someone who has a relationship with that neighborhood -- like Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez -- the US Congresswoman from New York and I think the first Puerto Rican elected to national politics. There is also Ruth Messinger, who was the first female borough president in Manhattan. There are some great historical women, like Shirley Chisolm -- and even Whoopie Goldberg, who is from New York City. I hope that gets you thinking -- maybe have a competition in the school or make a game of it. Have Fun --

- Amy

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