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In Celebration of Rosemary Kennedy: Nassau BOCES rededicates school for special education

Members of the Board and the District Superintendent stand by the Rosemary Kennedy School plaque

Rosemary Kennedy School celebrated their rededication with a new plaque from Best Buddies. The ceremony honored the program's namesake Rosemary Kennedy and the good work her family did to ensure that all students with special abilities receive an appropriate education.

“We have much to thank the Kennedys for. They were ahead of their time in addressing mental health issues,” said Dr. Robert R. Dillon at the unveiling of the new plaque for the school.

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). It was founded by Anthony Kennedy Shriver.

“We could not be more excited about this rededication,” said Ashley Jackson, Best Buddies Program Manager.

In 1972, the Nassau BOCES Board Members voted to change the name from Special Services School to Rosemary Kennedy School. Both the school’s student body and its Parent Teacher Association voted for this name change.