Graduating PMHS senior Jonathan Salama received the $500 Pelham Democratic Club Michael Schwerner Social Action Award, presented at the senior class awards ceremony on May 31.
His work focused on addressing the “30 million word gap,” the verbal deficit children of low-income backgrounds have by the age of three. With that in mind, he collected and distributed hundreds of books to pediatric clinics and playgrounds, also translating them into Spanish. Then he created a video of children reading to their parents and posted it on YouTube. He is now producing a version in Spanish.
Additionally, Salama creates educational music videos for children aimed at improving language development, a continuation of work he started with his brothers. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pd3K29H5Vco ).
Jonathan will be attending Princeton University in the fall.