Yonkers school renamed after civil rights advocate

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Students and staff at the Cedar Place School in Yonkers attended a dedication ceremony Friday in honor of the school's renaming.

The school, which houses kids from pre-K to eighth grade, is being named after civil rights advocate Cesar Chavez. Chavez championed non-violent social change while defending the rights of Latinos, farm laborers and the underserved. Chavez was a first-generation American who was a community organizer and religious figure committed to social change.

Students say they are proud to be part of a school named after Chavez.

"Cesar was a role model and stood up for workers' rights," says student Elithany Lara. "He saw other people be abused by the owners as farmers and he had to leave school and graduated eighth grade by helping his father."

Cedar Place is the first school in New York to be named for Chavez.

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