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Daly Student Recognized For Sharing What Makes Her Different

Fourth-graders at Daly Elementary School in Port Washington are learning to be proud of the things that make them different. They participated in the “Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It: Celebrating a World of Differences” program, which encourages students to openly discuss something about themselves that makes them different. Many of the students wrote about their differences, including Mazzy Sass, who won second-place honors in the organization’s essay contest. Mazzy lives with juvenile scoliosis and wrote about the challenges of wearing a brace for 18 hours a day. She also shared how it has helped her to become stronger, braver and more appreciative of good health.

“It’s always touching when a young person can turn a negative into a positive,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kathleen Mooney. “I applaud Daly School for its participation in the World of Differences essay program and congratulate Mazzy on her perseverance, positivity and openness and her ability to articulate this so well in writing.”

To read Mazzy’s entire essay, titled “The Things that Make Me Different, Make Me!” go to

Photo Caption: Daly School fourth grader Mazzy Sass is congratulated by her teacher Melissa Voyer, for winning second place in the “Don’t Hide It, Flaunt It: Celebrating a World of Differences” essay contest.