The Orangetown Town Board chose Rose Marie Raccioppi as the town's first poet laureate at its regular meeting Tuesday. January 25, 2011.
By Allan Goldstein, Nyack-Piermont Patch
With her sons Chris and Pat in attendance, Ms. Raccioppi thanked the board members for the recognition of her work and reflected on the great impact that poetry has had on her life. In a previously released statement she said that she owed this honor to “the many presentations I have given over the years as an activist, using originally written poems…as pleas for attention or support of children's special needs and the environment. Other poems were written and presented in honor of those whose lives were lost serving in the military.”
In addition to her artistic endeavors, Ms. Raccioppi devised APOGEE, a learning enhancement system. The program combines the disciplines of art and education to serve the needs of both learning disabled and gifted children. Raccioppi is a specialist in learning disabilities and has won numerous awards for developments in this area.
And In Gratitude... an added word...