Ariana Lubelli Mar 27, 2017, 1:18 pmMar 27, 2017, 4:41 pm

88th Civics Day teaches New Rochelle students about citizenship

Students spent the day taking over City Hall and filling positions of local government

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The day began with New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson administering the oath of office to 20 participants as part of the 88th Annual Civics Day.

"I hope they learn that we all have a stake in making sure that the government preforms well,” said Mayor Bramson. “Whether we're citizens or office holders, it's all of our responsibility to make sure we hold the highest standards and recognize that our lives of are interconnected."

4th grader William Winston has hopes of making a difference in his community, dreaming of becoming the mayor or an architect when he grows up. Today he spent the day with the city's development commissioner.

"I would like to help the homeless and maybe try to make a soup kitchen or a shelter here, that's pretty much my main objective," said William.

New Rochelle High School 9th grader Juan Ruizdiaz was elected mayor for the day, saying, "It seemed important, I guess, to be a shadow of the mayor of New Rochelle to see like what the mayor does in his daily basis."

William Iannuzzi, Director of the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle said "Civics Day is a great example of character, citizenship, and civics and that is an amazing thing to teach the kids in New Rochelle.”

The Boys and Girls Club serves over 1,200 kids in New Rochelle every year. It's activities like today's Civics Day that helps students build strength and character and dream big for the future.

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