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Our Lady Of Victory School News

Our Lady of Victory School kicked off it’s Catholic Schools Week celebration with a standing-room only opening mass on Sunday, Jan. 26. Pastor Father John O’Farrell’s homily emphasized the very important relationship between Our Lady of Victory Church and it’s parish school, stating, “OLV School is the heart of the parish – it’s what makes it beat.”  

Floral Park Mayor Tom Tweedy, introduced by OLV School Board President Kerry Boyle, presented OLV School Principal Peg Augello with a proclamation acknowledging Catholic Schools Week.

Mayor Tweedy is himself a member of OLV School’s Class of 1970. The children’s choir, led by Donna Lindskog with musical accompaniment by Don Lefante, sang beautifully throughout the mass - as they do every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

OLV school’s motto is “Where Faith and Knowledge Meet.”  Mrs. Augello, in describing the reality of Catholic education at OLV School every day, stated, “As our children explore the wonders of our world, they learn not just about the water cycle, but also about the creator who made the rain, the rivers and the sea.”

A very spirited and bustling open house of the school followed the mass, where current and future students, and their families, toured the building, met with teachers, marveled at the SMARTBoards in all the classrooms and enjoyed a mini-concert by the school’s band.

The $10,000 giveaway, overseen by Kathi Insingo, was drawn and the winners were announced to a hearty crowd.

The school’s thanks go out to all throughout the parish who bought raffle tickets and showed their support. Catholic Schools Week Sunday was, once again, a proud day at Our Lady of Victory School.

News

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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