More than 1,800 children arrived to their first day of school with backpacks filled with school supplies thanks to the annual Family Service League “Backpacks for Back to School” program and a generous grant of $20,000 from Bethpage Federal Credit Union. Each year, Family Service League enlists the help of the community to collect school supplies for families who cannot afford $50 to $75 for backpacks and school supplies for each child. Hundreds of donors dropped off supplies or donated funds online and dozens of corporations collected supplies at their offices. Capital One Bank sold “stars” at 160 branches to raise funds.
Recognizing her accomplishments and selfless work for the benefit of Farmingdale youth, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand and the Village Board of Trustees honored longtime resident and education activist Tina Diamond at Tuesday’s meeting.
Diamond, who announced her retirement this past June, served on the village Board of Education for 13 years. She was presented with a certificate of merit by Ekstrand, who praised the educator for her dedication.
Northside Elementary School student Hiram Cowhey recently earned first place at the 2013 State Games of America competition held in Harrisburg, PA. Cowhey, a third grade student, won the gold medal in the Limited Beginner, CTT Boys FS Division for his figure skating routine. He was among hundreds to compete in the games, including figure skaters that competed for medals in 60 different events.
The Farmingdale student skated against other young student-athletes from various states, including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts and North Carolina.
Northside Elementary School third grade student Hiram Cowhey proudly displays his Gold Medal that he won at the 2013 State Games of America in Harrisburg, PA.
Three Farmingdale School District students were recently awarded as third place winners of the EmPower Solar Student Competition. The team – comprised of Annie Chen, Ann Lin and Amelia Makhanlall – was honored by EmPower Solar at the competition’s award ceremony held at the Town of Hempstead Energy Park.
The students created an interactive video, which received more than 2,300 likes on YouTube, and wrote a research-based essay that explained the environmental and economic benefits of solar power.
As a reward, the trio will spend a day at the Long Island-based company to learn more about solar energy while participating in a hands-on experience in a real-world business environment and have lunch with Empower Solar CEO David Schieren and COO Greg Sachs.
Farmingdale State College anticipates the grand opening of their new $7.5 million Children’s Center in late September. It moves from its old location to a bluff overlooking Route 110 at the college’s parking field one. The building includes gross motor room playing areas, two extra-large play rooms for the center’s summer camp program, and individual playgrounds for specific age groups for the children of students, staff, and community members.
Linda Crispi, Children’s Center director, says they look forward to providing more summer programs and half-day summer events in 2014. The center will include school vacation care, winter and spring breaks. With the additional space, air conditioning and heat in the building and an added infant room, the center is ideal for returning students, faculty, and community members with young children.
Family & Children’s Association seeks donations of new back-to-school supplies and clothing for area families in need.
One such family is the Reades, who recently lost their mother to childbirth. The eldest Reade daughter, 24, stepped in to be the caretaker to her 11 siblings, ages two to 20, to ensure that the family could stay together and not risk being sent to foster homes. This brave young woman is juggling all the responsibilities of meeting the varied needs of her brothers and sisters and managing the household duties, all while holding down a full-time job, where she earns minimum wage.
Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto recently attended the Eagle Court of Honor for Christopher Jerome Moore Jr. Boy Scout Troop 261, Farmingdale. Pictured are: Allessandra Moore, Katherine Moore, Legislator Venditto, Eagle Scout Christopher Moore Jr., Christine Moore and Christopher Moore Sr.
Hempstead Town recently welcomed young visitors to Hempstead Town Hall during the town’s annual Bring Your Children to Work Day. Pictured are Shannon Mangano from the town’s Parks and Recreation ANCHOR Program, and her daughter Tessa, of Bethpage.
Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School recognized the achievements of its outstanding students at its Annual Honors Banquet. Among those honored was Farmingdale resident Jayne Guarino.
Twenty eighth grade science students from Howitt Middle School recently raced carbon-dioxide (CO2) powered cars as part of an interactive study on Newton’s Second and Third Laws of Motion. The cars were 10 to 12 inches long and designed by applying science, technology and math skills the students learned throughout the school year. The colorful, hand-made miniature vehicles represented the students’ interests.
After testing the cars and racing them around a track, the students took the data that they collected and applied it to equations that showed the cars’ speed, distance and applied force.
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