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Scarsdale School Spirit Soars on Homecoming Weekend

CheerleadersPacked crowds estimated to be over three thousand in number gathered Friday September 15 to celebrate Scarsdale High School Varsity Football team's homecoming game. After beating White Plains and North Rockland the Raiders increase their winning streak to a 3 and 0 record with their 21-14 victory against Clarkstown South.

Earlier in the day, the Scarsdale Girls Varsity A Field Hocky team scored a 4-1 win against Bronxville, putting them at 4-1-1 for the season.

The homecoming game was the culmination of Raider Pride week which celebrated athletes of all sports. Balloons, rally towels and pompoms could be seen at many of the home games where Scarsdale fans were seen and heard cheering for their Raider players.


There has been an increased sense of Raider spirit visible throughout the village from the lawns signs that were displayed to the car flags waving down Scarsdale's streets and filling its parking lots. According to a Maroon and White representative, merchandise purchases from students, alumni, parents and residents broke records due to its new ability to process credit card sales. Maroon and White raises money to provide funds for the purchase of equipment for SHS and SMS teams and physical education programs not covered by the school budgets.

There are no games this Thursday or Friday (September 21-22) due to the holiday.
Scarsdale's Varsity Girls soccer team will play against Mahopac at 10 am on the turf at SHS. Also on Saturday, the Raider Varsity football team will host Mt. Vernon at 7 pm for their Senior Game.

(Text by Jordy Love, Photos by Jon Thaler - see more here.)



Emily Sherwood, President of the Scarsdale Foundation Thanks the Community

sherwoodThis letter was sent to Scarsdale10583 by Emily Sherwood, retiring President of the Scarsdale Foundation:
To the Editor: As I retire from the Scarsdale Foundation board after ten rewarding years of service, I wanted to express my gratitude to this amazing community for its abundance of support and compassion for those less fortunate. Thanks to the many generous donations that we have received this year, we have been able to send 11 needy Scarsdale elementary students to our local Rec Camp, while providing $124,000 in scholarship aid to college sophomores, juniors and seniors. The needs of our Scarsdale students who struggle financially to attend college are more pressing than many may realize, and our scholarship awards help to lessen the burden of excessive student loans and other forms of student and parental debt.

Special thanks go out to our corporate sponsors whose generosity during 2016-2017 is so gratefully acknowledged: Houlihan Lawrence; the Scarsdale Rotary Club; United Way of Westchester and Putnam; Christie-Spencer Corp., and Scarsdale Improvement Corp. In addition, we so appreciate our Salute Page sponsors - Advocate Brokerage Corp., Platinum Drive Realty; and Scarsdale Security Systems, Inc. – who help us to promote our annual Scarsdale Bowl Dinner, which this year honored Bob and Kathy Steves for their extraordinary voluntary public service in the community.

There is much work that the Scarsdale Foundation quietly undertakes that may not be widely recognized. We administer some 20 funds that have been established for myriad purposes: educational assistance; community service; SHS awards; as well as the Scarsdale School Personnel and Family Assistance Fund. We also provide grants upon request to community organizations in need. This year we provided a $50,000 grant to the Scarsdale Public Library for its renovation project, as well as smaller grants to the Teen Center and Scarsdale Woman's Club. And in May we presented the Foundation's scholarship award to 2017 recipient Zoe Ewing at the High School Awards Ceremony

I feel fortunate to have worked with so many outstanding civic leaders on the Foundation board for the betterment of our community, and I want to extend special thanks to the 2016-2017 board for their dedicated and thoughtful participation: Evelyn Stock, Vice-President; Susie Rush, Treasurer; Randy Guggenheimer, Assistant Treasurer; Jane Veron, Secretary; David Karp; Seth Ross; Tom Giordano; and B.K. Munguia. You are the A Team in my book!

Thank you all for making Scarsdale the kind of place of which we can be proud!

Emily Sherwood
President, Scarsdale Foundation 2016-2017

SHS Teacher Maggie Favretti to be Honored by Sousa Mendes Foundation

Maggie in the gardenScarsdale High School teacher Maggie Favretti, founder and advisor of the international group "Students for Refugees," will be honored by the Sousa Mendes Foundation, an organization named for Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a rescuer of thousands of Holocaust refugees. The event — which will be a luncheon titled "A Toast to Freedom!" — will be held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, New York, NY, on Sunday, October 29, 2017, from noon until 4 p.m.

Maggie Favretti is a believer in learning by doing, and has created a number of empowering courses, including Food Policy and Justice, and City 2.0. In 2016, she and a colleague in Germany designed an exchange with the purpose of studying the refugee crisis with a small group of students. The students created Students for Refugees, which now has 20+ chapters in Westchester and around the world, and which supports students in their efforts to help refugees, advocates for refugee youth, and directly assists in resettlement.

Other honorees at the event will be Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and psychologist and author Dr. Eva Fogelman. Congressman Nadler is a tireless advocate for contemporary refugees, and Dr. Fogelman is an authority on Holocaust history and the rescuer personality. She is the author of Conscience & Courage: Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust.

The Sousa Mendes Foundation, founded in 2010, is dedicated to perpetuating the memory of Aristides de Sousa Mendes as an example of compassion and moral courage. He rescued the lives of thousands of refugees in 1940 in Bordeaux, France, where he was stationed as the Consul General of Portugal. The Foundation is active worldwide, and its activities have been profiled in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Haaretz, The Forward, The Independent, and on National Public Radio.

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Raising Funds for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

LemonadeWith just a few days left to relax and enjoy summer break, Quaker Ridge girls decided to set up a lemonade stand to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey recovery. They raised close to $200 thanks to Scaradale's generous neighbors.

Pictured here: Ellie Mantzouris , Annie Mantzouris, Cammie Litofsky, Lexi Litofsky and Michelle Lerner.

SHS Swimmers Raise Funds For "Swim Across America"

SwimAcrossAmericaSwimmersOn July 29th, a group of Scarsdale High School swim team swimmers participated in the Swim Across America, in the Long Island Sound, to raise funds to fight cancer. The 3 Scarsdale swimmers were part of a group of 9 swimmers who raised $6356 for the organization, surpassing their original goal of $5000. Unfortunately the coast guard canceled the open water swim due to dangerous conditions, but the boys were happy to raise awareness and funds. They participated as "Team Wolverines," led by team captain Ryan Lee who will also be one of the swim team captains this coming year on the Scarsdale High School Varsity Swim Team. Ryan brought the team together, combining swimmers from his club team, the Westchester Aquatic Club Wolverines; his summer team, the Wykagyl Country Club; and his school team, Scarsdale High School.