2017-06-07 / Political Page

Stavisky Honors Pauline Chu As A Woman of Distinction

At P.S. 244, state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) – joined by Councilman Peter Koo, school Principal Robert Groff and Superintendent Danielle DiMango, presented Pauline Chu with a state resolution, officially recognizing her as a Woman of Distinction for 2017.

Each year, senators across the state choose a woman in their district who has significantly added inspiration and encouragement to the community and to the people of New York.

Chu, President of the Chinese- American Parents’ Association (CAPA), founded the group in 1986 to assist thousands of immigrant families in assimilating and becoming familiar with the Flushing area.

CAPA acts as a liaison between families whose English skills and familiarity with the city education system was limited and local schools. Ms Chu aids families with their children’s school placement, course selection and daily activities. She also uses CAPA to help parents improve their English skills, encourage families to participate in local activities and voter registration drives.

“Pauline has realized the American dream, not only for herself, but for thousands of parents who immigrated from China over the years,” Senator Stavisky said. “Her service has provided the necessary support for those who would have otherwise been unable to navigate the New York City school system. Through her work with CAPA, she has demonstrated tremendous generosity and commitment to Flushing and New York State as a whole. Pauline has been my friend for years and I was proud to support her when she served on School Board 25.”

Pauline Chu has worked tirelessly in public service, including service on the board of the American Red Cross, the Queens Botanical Garden and the New York Governor’s Lions Club. She has served as a Director of Child Care, Inc., and the Day Care Council and the Chancellor’s Task Force for the School Construction Authority.

“I am honored to be named a Woman of Distinction by Senator Stavisky. As a first generation immigrant who came to America 50 years ago, I was given the opportunity to study, work and live. I appreciate what I have, and as a way of giving back, would like to continually play a role to help new immigrants assimilate into American culture and to bridge the gap between new arrivals and our school system,” Chu said.

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