Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Samantha Derby is a 16-year-old student at Garden City High School. Her aunt is principal of the Children’s Learning Center (CLC), a school for 250 children with developmental disabilities that is affiliated with the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. The junior heard the CLC was hosting a ’70s-themed prom for about 80 of its teenaged students and wanted to get involved. Along with other volunteers, she helped transform the school gym in to the “Disco Fever” ballroom. The gift that students received in their goody bags was a wonderful compilation of songs that Derby put together.
After hearing it was a 1970’s themed prom, the altruistic teen researched the most popular songs of each decade from the ‘70s through now. She decided include some current hits, not just music from the 70’s, which most students would not know. She took the time to screen the songs to make sure the lyrics and subject matter were appropriate and the songs were upbeat, and then made arrangements to have a copy for each student attending the prom. The Garden City resident downloaded the songs from iTunes and copied them onto discs she purchased. At this point, labels were typed up using a template that indicated the song, artist and year of release. Then labels were printed and decorated with colorful peace signs and placed in colorful cases. The generous junior then purchased tie-dyed ‘70s-themed loot bags that the discs were placed into. She then brought them to the prom the day before to package with the tie-dye T-shirts all prom guests were receiving.
Derby enjoyed the whole experience and commented, “The CLC Prom was one of the most beautiful things I have ever been a part of. The best part was watching the children in amazement and having the time of their lives dancing with each other. All of our work paid off and I’m so thankful I got this opportunity.” The students at the prom were thrilled to have their own CD of music to bring home according to Community Outreach Manager, Pat Quinn who said, “It was so thoughtful and kind of Sam to come up with this fun idea and then do all that was needed to make it happen! We all appreciate her creativity and her generosity.”
This Garden City student certainly keeps busy as a member of the varsity volleyball team and student council. In addition to her volunteer work for the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, she also volunteers at the Mary Brennan INN, and Nassau County Youth Court. To learn more about ucpn and CLC go to www.ucpn.org
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Sunday, Nov. 3, a walk-a-thon was held to benefit Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program for citizens with both mental and physical handicaps. The walk-a-thon was coordinated by Garden City resident and Kellenberg Senior Christina DiMasso, and Kellenberg Junior Brendan Callahan, who both work at the camp. “I did this because Camp Anchor has been so great for my brother, Thomas, who struggles with autism,” Callahan said. “I have also grown so much through volunteering there these past three summers.”
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.