YORKTOWN, N.Y. – At recent end of year ceremonies at Our Montessori School, John Katzenstein, representing New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, presented Ian Giles, a fifth grader at Our Montessori School in Yorktown, with the Attorney General’s Triple “C” Award.

The certificate states: “In recognition of your commitment to bettering yourself, your school, and your community, your strength of character which has helped you achieve your goals and will guide you in making the right decisions in the future, and your remarkable courage which will aid you in meeting the challenges ahead.”

In the nominating letter for Ian, his teachers mentioned that, “Ian exhibits character, courage and commitment as a student, and as a young leader in our community. Ian is committed to his school and classmates. He is the first to volunteer in the classroom to help another student. Ian also volunteers whenever there is a family activity after school. He is there to help set up and afterward you will find Ian, broom in hand, sweeping up the mess. He never complains and rarely do we have to ask him, he simply takes the initiative and helps out! Ian also volunteers with his church and is involved with music ministry. Ian Giles is a wonderful example of a student with character, courage and commitment, and we are happy he is part of the Our Montessori School family. Ian, and students like him, inspire us and give us all hope for the future.”

At the end of his presentation, Katzenstein shared one of his favorite words of wisdom: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”