for Young People
WORLD LEADERS WERE NOT the only ones to be feted at
Val-Kill. Eleanor Roosevelt had a particular fondness for young
people, which was most definitely reciprocated. She gave an
annual picnic of hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, fruit, and ice
cream for the students of the Wiltwyck School, a school for trou-
bled boys that she had long supported. A highlight of the occa-
sion was her reading from Kipling’s Just-So Stories.
Eleanor Roosevelt also enjoyed being with college students.
William Turner Levy, who taught at the Bernard M. Baruch
School of Business and Public Administration of the City Uni-
versity of New York, would from time to time take his students
to Val-Kill to meet her, and on several occasions she spoke at the
“MRS. ROOSEVELT!… Mrs. Roosevelt!… Mrs. Roosevelt!” a swelling chorus of boyish voices, enthusiastic, even possessive, emanated from scores of running youngsters dashing across the lawn at Hyde Park toward the picnic