Be part of a unique Chappaqua program: Host a student for 10 weekdays this summer

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May 11, 2012
by Diane Albert

Want to give your family a special experience this summer? Host a Chappaqua Summer Scholarship student for ten week days and feel good, have fun, and participate in a program that is unique to Chappaqua.

When speaking to the 2005 CSSP graduates, Bill Clinton said, “This program is a jewel in the crown of Chappaqua. I know from experience what it means to have someone reach out a hand to help a stranger.”

The program is now seeking host families for two-week intervals during the 2012 program, which will run from Sunday, July 1, through Friday, July 13, and from Sunday, July 15, through Friday, July 27.  (If you are away July 4, the board will host the student until you return.) Students will stay with their Chappaqua hosts Sunday evenings through Fridays, returning to the city for the weekends.  Participants are bussed to school in the morning, and return to their hosts in the late afternoon. Families with little kids, teens, and empty-nesters all find hosting satisfying, and not a big commitment.

The Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program (CSSP) was founded in 1968 by local residents who wanted to share Chappaqua’s excellent schools, local resources and beautiful surroundings with high-achieving, low-income students from the city. In addition, the founders believed that building friendships between families in the city and the suburbs was advantageous to all.

Amy McNamara, a former Board member and host parent for 2 years put it this way: “CSSP students have brought much to our family over the years. When our girls were young, they easily provided welcome intellectual conversation into our house. As our girls got older, the students served as true role models with their good study habits and a sense of determination to advance their worldly knowledge. Later as peers, they become good friends with our girls. There were always like a gift to David and me. We provided a home for them, but they provided insight into their varied lives; a true treasure.”

If you would like to learn more about hosting, and perhaps speak with a host parent, please contact Amy Echelman at 238-6542 (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))
Nancy Silver at 238-8452 (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).) 

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