Frederick F. Foresteire, who has been Superintendent of the Everett Public Schools since 1989 and an educator for more than four decades, is being honored at the 54th “Friendly Son’s of St. Patrick Dinner.” The gala event will be held this Sunday (March 16) at Anthony’s of Malden. Cocktail hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and all proceeds will benefit the Everett High School (EHS) Music Department.
The “Friendly Son’s” are honoring Foresteire as he marks his 25th year as Everett’s Superintendent of Schools. During his tenure, the EPS has seen tremendous growth in academic achievement, student enrollment, and school construction. Under Superintendent Foresteire’s leadership, Everett secured state funding to construct a new high school and three new elementary schools (Keverian, English, and Lafayette).
In addition, in September of 2013 the EPS opened the remodeled Devens School, a fully approved public special education day school that offers first-class services and programs to Everett students while at the same time saving the district money that was previously spent on out-of-district services. The implementation of full-day kindergarten and free pre-school programs are also among the landmark achievements of Superintendent Foresteire’s tenure.
It is fitting that proceeds from the “Friendly Son’s Dinner” are benefiting the EHS Music Department, as the expansion of music and art offerings at all grade levels has been a hallmark of Superintendent Foresteire’s tenure. Specifically, funds will help pay for Everett High musicians to attend Disney Performing Arts OnStage in Orlando, Florida in June of 2015.
In addition to Superintendent Foresteire, the “Friendly Son’s” are going to present the Traditional Sheleighly Honors to former City Councilor Joe King, businessman Andrew Philbin (whose father was an original “Friendly Son.”), Joe Curnane Jr., and Mayor Carlo DeMaria Jr.
The Dinner Chairman is Joseph McGonagle. The Committee members are John Hanlon, John Leo McKinnon, Fred Capone, Stephen Simonelli, Michael Marchese, Rosa DiFlorio, Salvatore Sachetta, Richard Dell Isola Jr., Peter Napolitano, and Cynthia Sarnie. Invitations have been extended to an impressive list of local and state officials and dignitaries.
Disney Performing Arts OnStage (formerly Disney Magic Music Days) is a unique educational program designed for students of the arts. It gives instrumental, vocal, theater and dance ensembles an opportunity to showcase their talents in a professional setting, study their craft in a positive, lively environment, and have fun doing it. Everett is trying to raise enough funds to send every member of the band, orchestra, colorguard, show choir, and chorus to Disney for this unique opportunity.