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Uniondale Teacher Honored for Integral Role in Haiti Recovery

Written by Long Island News & PR  |  31. January 2017

Uniondale, NY - January 30, 2017 - The Uniondale School District announces Uniondale High School Assistant Principal Dyan Barton, along with other personnel from the school district, were recently honored for her decade of work with Haitian students and their families in the District.

“The tremendous dedication Ms. Barton has shown assisting Haitian students in the district for the past decade is a testament not only to her outstanding character, but also to the inclusive community the District is proud to foster,” said Uniondale School District Superintendent Dr. William K. Lloyd. “All students in our district find a safe, stable, secure learning environment on which to build the academic foundation and success of their lives.”


Uniondale High School Assistant Principal Dyan Barton, Uniondale School District Superintendent Dr. Wlliam K. Lloyd and Olympic Haitian Swimmer Naomy Grand'Pierre at the Sekou Pou Ayiti Gala to support victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The Uniondale School District helped organize this event to honor Ms. Barton’s decade of work with Haitian students in the District and support victims of Hurricane Matthew. Photo by Uniondale School District.

More than 200 Long Islanders came together during the inaugural Sekou Pou Ayiti Gala to support Ms. Barton and the Haitian cause. The Sekou Pou Ayiti Gala is sponsored by the Gift of Writing Foundation, which helps Haitian students attend school, the Uniondale School District and the Uniondale Relief Committee. Proceeds from the event were donated to support the victims still suffering from the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew in southwestern Haiti. During the event guest speaker and Olympic Haitian Swimmer Naomy Grand'Pierre shared her inspirational story about overcoming obstacles to become the first female swimmer from Haiti to compete in the Olympics. 

“Ms. Barton’s work has made a difference not only for Uniondale students, but also for students in Haiti who are able to attend school as a result of her work,” said Uniondale High School Principal Dr. Edward Thomas. “Her commitment to helping others is representative of the values which led to every school in the District being recognized as a National School of Character.”

For more information about the Uniondale School District, please visit the website at www.district.uniondaleschools.org.

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