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Letter: Thanks To School Budget Supporters

On behalf of the Board of Education, we would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this past week’s school budget and bond referendum votes. The Floral Park-Bellerose School District had record high voter turnout of 3,000 voters, and we appreciate all of you who took the time to educate yourselves about the issues and come to the polls. The overwhelming success was an inspiration and demonstrated our community’s strong belief in our public schools and the students who attend them. Thanks to your continued support, not only can all of our present programs at the elementary and high schools be continued, but planning can begin for the much needed repairs to our five high schools. We would also like to take the opportunity to thank the many residents who helped to spread the word about the importance of the Sewanhaka Central High School District bond referendum.

The passage of this bond will allow much needed repairs and renovations, enhanced efficiencies, and improved security to take place as we continue to provide a quality 21st century education for our students. Thank you all for this wonderful gift you have afforded our community’s children.

David Fowler, Sewanhaka Central High School District Board of Education president

Laura Ferone, Floral Park-Bellerose District Board of Education president

News

On Saturday, July 26, Floral Park and Hance Family Foundation supporters from more than 23 states, including from Michigan, Louisiana, and Arizona, from three countries joined in the remembrance of Emma, Alyson, and Katie Hance in the foundation’s annual Day of Remembrance. Green ribbons and balloons were tied generously around trees, lampposts, railing and garden stakes, celebrating the lives of the sisters, gone too soon.

The foundation’s Facebook page was loaded with photos and prayers and messages from around the globe, from those who participated in some way, remembering the sisters who died in a car accident on July 26, 2009, at ages 8, 7, and 5.

Bright blue eyes, a full head of hair, beautiful smile, and full of energy. At 5 years old, Ethan Demmers is possibly at the healthiest he will be in his life. Ethan was recently diagnosed with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy (DMD). Typically, people with this disease live only into their 20s. Over the next few years, the disease will slowly attack every muscle in Ethan’s body, eventually causing him to permanently be in a wheelchair. Ethan’s parents are not ready to give up their hope for a cure. They are fully committed to helping find a cure for this deadly illness, not just for their own son, but for all others suffering as well.

Ethan’s father, Dustin Demmers, is an English teacher at Floral Park Memorial High School. To the student body, Demmers can be described as funny, happy, wacky, wild, crazy, and unique among other adjectives. Demmers can be found smiling through the halls, making jokes over the loudspeakers, or making his class into the ideal environment for learning.


Calendar

Free Barbeque Dinner For Local Veterans

Thursday, August 14

Hockey Team Concert Benefit

Friday, August 15

Summer Recreation Awards Ceremony

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