North Salem Student Recognized for Character and Leadership

May 01, 2018

Kimari Foster, a student at the Walden School, was recognized as a Student of Distinction by PutnamïNorthern Westchester BOCES and the North Salem Board of Education at a board meeting Wednesday.
Eight-year old Kimari was accompanied by his mother, grandmother, and siblings as he accepted Student of Distinction proclamations from both the North Salem School Board and PNW BOCES administrators.
“It is very important to show him how much we appreciate all the good work he’s been doing,” says Kimari’s mother, Tykiesha Thatcher. “We’re so proud of him. His improvement is remarkable.”
Kimari’s teacher, Linda Batto agrees. In remarks made during the Board meeting, she said Kimari was always on the move when he arrived in second grade. Now, she says, he is a leader among his third-grade classmates and is always willing to help new children who visit.
“He does all his work,” says Batto, “And he uses his words with staff and students. He’s made so many improvements that now he’s there to learn and his academics are catching up.”
Walden Learning Center Principal Michael Sowul sees a future leader in Kimari because he is responsible and shows compassion.
“Students come to us with challenges,” says Sowul. “He’s made phenomenal gains.”
Teacher Linda Batto makes remarks about Kimari Foster as he looks on with PNW BOCES administrators.