Superintendent’s Spotlight: Julia Schlesinger


Superintendent’s Spotlight: Julia Schlesinger

June 12, 2023

Julia Schlesinger is an eighth-grader at Warwick Valley Middle School with a big heart. Her service to a community program she assisted in founding helped her earn a national award furnished by the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). The program helps provide children with clothing donations – whole wardrobes – that are chosen specifically for them, which helps them gain confidence and a better sense of self.

Julia’s mother, Audra, along with Julia and her sister, Elaina, a sophomore at Warwick Valley High School, created Four Seasons Kids in conjunction with St. Stephen the First Martyr Church during the pandemic.

The program serves children in need who live in the Warwick, Florida and Greenwood Lake areas. The program solicits, collects, cleans and distributes clothing that is new or like new four times a year, once each season. A family must apply, qualify by showing their need and be accepted into the program.

Once qualified, children provide information in a form about the clothes they like, their sizes, colors and other preferences. The children then receive a bag of clothing up to four times per year. Each season’s bag contains five to six outfits appropriate for that upcoming season in terms of time of year, temperature, holidays and special events.

“I like to express myself through fashion and clothing and I think a lot of people do,” Julia said. “So, I want to make sure kids feel comfortable and like themselves in their clothing, even if they can’t afford to buy their own brand new clothing.”

There are now about 20 volunteers for the program, which operates out of a room at the community center at St. Stephen. Julia spends up to two hours a day folding and organizing clothes and processing requests as well as other tasks.

The National Junior Honor Society Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes middle-level students for their commitment to the five pillars of NJHS: scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Julia is one of 500 NJHS students who were selected for the Outstanding Achievement Award and received a $500 college savings plan.

“This is only the second time since I’ve been in charge of the National Junior Honor Society that one of my students has won this award,” said Michael Justiana, who is also Julia’s French teacher. He has been the advisor to the NJHS for seven years.

Julia is also on the varsity track team and has qualified for the Nationals. She will run the 3K after qualifying with a time of 11 minutes, 36 seconds (well surpassing the minimum qualifying time of 12:09). In addition, Julia is also vice president of the Student Senate and plays both piano and guitar.

Those who wish to apply for the program, donate to the program or even volunteer to help are encouraged to visit Four Seasons Kids’ website at To maintain privacy, recipients of the items remain anonymous.

Julia Schlesinger standing in the MS library


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