Prep's Speech and Debate Coach to be Honored by Borough President
Monday, February 7, 2011
Posted by: Michael Graziano
St. Francis Preparatory School is proud to announce that it’s Speech and Student Congress coach, Mr. Maurice Braithwaite, a Guyanese immigrant and Community Board 8 member is scheduled to be honored Saturday by Borough President Helen Marshall at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, at 153-10 Jamaica Ave., as part of Black History Month.
Braithwaite, 69, has given back to his community in many ways, volunteering as the speech and debate team coach at St. Francis Prep, staging dramatic productions, and once serving as president of the Flushing Suburban Civic Association, where he put his motto on the organization’s letterhead: "Your community is an extension of your home. Get involved.”
"I’m usually a pretty low-key kind of person,” he said. "I never expect awards because I think there are people who are more deserving. But when you get these awards, it’s nice and exciting.”
"We are extremely grateful to Mr. Braithwaite for all that he does for the students at SFP, and today we are equally as proud," said Prep's Principal, Brother Leonard Conway O.S.F.