The Ambassadors Club Dinner

Board of Education trustee Edward Nitkewicz stands with club members who are recognized for their support and commitment they’ve demonstrated to the Walt Whitman High School Ambassador Program.
Board of Education trustee Edward Nitkewicz stands with club members who are recognized for their support and commitment they’ve demonstrated to the Walt Whitman High School Ambassador Program.
This dynamic program, which represents one of our proudest district activities, pairs special-education students with their typical peers for activities that build lifelong relationships and understanding within the school community.
This dynamic program, which represents one of our proudest district activities, pairs special-education students with their typical peers for activities that build lifelong relationships and understanding within the school community.
Special Education Chairperson Dan Lombardo welcomes club members and guests as he introduces the evening’s festivities.
Special Education Chairperson Dan Lombardo welcomes club members and guests as he introduces the evening’s festivities.
Edward Nitkewicz shared his appreciation for those students who continually demonstrate how including others with special needs can have a lasting impact on their lives and the lives of their families.
Edward Nitkewicz shared his appreciation for those students who continually demonstrate how including others with special needs can have a lasting impact on their lives and the lives of their families.
A huge thank you goes out to the South Huntington Nutrition Services for providing delicious dinner options for our Ambassadors and guests.
A huge thank you goes out to the South Huntington Nutrition Services for providing delicious dinner options for our Ambassadors and guests.
Thank you Brendan Kispert from the Theatre Honor Society for performing a number for our guests as they dine.
Thank you Brendan Kispert from the Theatre Honor Society for performing a number for our guests as they dine.
 It is heartwarming to see just how inclusive and warm our students can be.
It is heartwarming to see just how inclusive and warm our students can be.

The fastest growing club at Walt Whitman High School just had their second annual dinner and awards night. The Ambassadors Club is a program set up for Whitman students and students with special needs who can come together to form strong and lasting friendships. The club offers fun events and activities for everyone to participate in together such as the Buddy Walk, dance parties, marching in the Homecoming Parade, the Autism Speaks Walk, and trips to the bowling alley. The end-of-year dinner, held on Wednesday showcased everything that the students did and highlighted the great memories that were made throughout the year.

At the dinner, Dan Lombardo, Department Chairperson for Special Education, was so happy to see everyone together having a great time. “The amount of students who actively participate throughout the year and the relationship that they built with our students is amazing,” said Lombardo. “They are true friends, they see each other in the hallways, they visit each other in classes. The genuine relationships and friendships that have developed are amazing.”

This club has grown over the years and has become a staple at Whitman. When it first began, the Ambassadors Club could only be found in the elementary schools and has now grown into a much larger and special group in our district. One person who is largely responsible for that start of The Ambassadors Club is Board of Education trustee Edward Nitkewicz. “Tonight is a culmination of many years of building this program,” said Nickewicz.  “I was involved in the formation of [the club] back in the day and to watch it grow from a couple of pizza boxes to a cafeteria filled with kids who outreach to special needs children, to see the entire cafeteria just filled with parents and children too; it’s a statement of the resounding success of the vision that we all had as a community for a program that could teach children with special needs and have them as an integral part of our community.”

This club has helped many students in so many ways. The dinner really showed how much the club is truly enjoyed by everyone. “I think that South Huntington is one of the most remarkable and diverse communities and the students, parents, administrators, and the teachers extend that inclusiveness to special needs children like my son Edward.” Everyone is excited to see what The Ambassadors Club has in store for next year.

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