In an article written for Hudson Independent, journalist Rick Pez­zullo writes: “A sec­ond-grade stu­dent at John Car­di­nal O’­Con­nor School (JCOS) in Irv­ing­ton is tak­ing her school’s motto to heart dur­ing Catholic Schools Week.

Catholic Schools Week takes place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 in schools through­out the Arch­dio­cese of New York. In cel­e­bra­tion of this an­nual event, Sophia Callaguazo (shown in the photo) and her class­mates will be spread­ing love and kind­ness by cre­at­ing Valen­tine’s Day cards for res­i­dents of St. Cabrini Nurs­ing Home in Dobbs Ferry.

The motto of JCOS, a Catholic School for chil­dren with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, is #choosekind.

Callaguazo is an In­ner-City Schol­ar­ship Fund re­cip­i­ent at JCOS. Her mother, Gladys Callaguazo, cred­its the Schol­ar­ship Fund with en­abling her daugh­ter to at­tend JCOS, where she said fac­ulty have helped her de­velop stronger skills in read­ing and writ­ing, while also em­pha­siz­ing sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity through ser­vice.

Last year, Sophia re­ceived the schol­ar­ship through the fund, which pro­vides tu­ition as­sis­tance to 11,000 stu­dents in schools within the Arch­dio­cese.”

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Phioto: Sophia Callaguazo is a second-grade student at JCOS in Irvington.