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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Anne Barracca named among 'Women of Distinction'
Community news
By: Shannon Koehle
Courtesy Anne Barracca
Anne Barracca was honored for her dedication to the PTA and PTSA at local schools.

Assemblyman Dave McDonough held his fourth annual Women of Distinction ceremony at the Merrick Public Library last month East Meadowite Anne Barracca was recognized for her volunteerism. Barracca was one of eight women honored last month.

Barracca, the mother of 21-year-old Anthony and 16-year-old Robert, wanted to become more involved in her children’s lives, so she joined Parkway PTA and became actively involved in 2001. Her knack and love for numbers, she said, landed her a position as treasurer and, later, president. And as her kids changed schools, so did she. Barracca was also treasurer and president at Woodland PTA.

“I wanted to be involved to see what’s going on,” she said. She wanted to give back to her kids.

While Barracca is a former treasurer of the PTA Council, these days, she stays involved as treasurer of the East Meadow High School parent-teacher-student association, where Andrew is a student.

“Anne is a wonderful, dedicated, generous person who volunteers her time and energy for all the children of East Meadow,” said Cathy Morales, EMHS PTSA co-president. “The EMHS PTSA is very proud of all her accomplishment throughout her PTSA career.”

While Barracca has taken part in countless fundraisers and events in the schools, her most memorable volunteer experience, she said, came before she was very active.

Days after Sept. 11, 2001, Barracca said, “I was sitting at home feeling helpless, when I thought, what is the school doing?” to help the rescue teams stationed at ground zero. Barracca called the Parkway and Woodland PTAs and learned that they needed a leader for the project. So she got to work and helped students collect shirts, socks and snacks.

After learning from her neighbor, a New York City police officer, that water was a needed commodity, Barracca worked with the Woodland PTA and asked students to bring one bottle each to an upcoming school dance. Many students, she said, showed up with cases that filled her neighbor’s garage before they could be transported to the city. It was this project that prompted her to become even more active, Barracca said.

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