Babylon Honors Students & Staff at Black History Month Celebration

Members of the community gathered at Amityville Memorial High School for the 26th Annual Black History Month Celebration, “Civil Rights in America.” The day's events included performances by the AMHS Jazz Band and Step Team, as well as the North Amityville Senior Center Choir. The Town also honored several individuals and groups for their contributions to the community.

Reynolds Hawkins who received the “Special Recognition Award,” was among the honorees. As a social worker in the district for 19 years, Mr. Hawkins has made an important impact. He established the “Boys to Men” club, a social group for boys in grades 10 through 12, he founded “Positive Conscious Counseling” in 1995 and he helped establish the Amityville Sports Hall of Fame. In addition, Mr. Hawkins is one of most successful track and field coaches in New York State with a lifetime coaching record of 116 wins, 7 losses and 1 tie. Under his 17 years of direction, the team has won four county championships, two state titles and 14 league titles.

Also honored was the AMHS Interact Club, led by advisers Brenda King and Susan Carlucci. The group was honored with the prestigious “Unity Award.” The club, which promotes leadership, diversity and social responsibility, has participated in beautification of their school, church outreach and assisting with the town food pantry among other activities.

Congratulations to Ms. King, Ms. Carlucci, Mr. Hawkins and the Interact Club.