The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are happy to announce our January 2016 Friend of the Month: Ray Pultinas. Ray is the Sustainability Coordinator and an English teacher at Dewitt Clinton High School. According to students, he is known as “one of the best teachers in Clinton.” And from what we have seen it’s easy to understand why the students feel that way. Ray was one of the first teachers to sign up for our Bronx Stewardship for a Healthier Bronx program launched this fall. He and his students have been a pleasure to work with and we are looking forward to making this a long term partnership. Please join us in thanking Ray for all that he does for his students at Dewitt Clinton and all that he’s doing for Van Cortlandt Park.
How have you been involved with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park?
As Sustainability Coordinator at DeWitt Clinton High School I feel it has been part of my job and responsibility to know and share information about local environmental groups as well as other resources. I’ve known about the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park for some time and probably first learned about the group simply by frequenting the park. This current school year, however, the sustainability classes that I teach have been participating in the group’s Wetlands Stewardship for a Healthier Bronx Program. John Butler and Sara Kempton have visited my classes twice to explore with my students the topic of watersheds and topographical mapping. A group of students, parents and community members led by John and Sara toured the park on a beautiful late October morning. Read more »