Garden City’s Board of Education adopted a 2014-2015 proposed budget of $109,407,138, to be presented to voters on May 20, under an air of resignation concerning state mandates but an affirmation that the budget has been crafted to best meet the district's needs.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen called this year’s budget review process the most difficult and challenging he’s encountered in the nine years he’s been overseeing the budget. He confirmed that the budget presented was based on feedback from the board and community. He assured that the final budget reflected all discussions, comments, inquiries and last minute changes to state aid.
Despite the crowd of more than 400, you could have heard a pin drop, during the recent airing of Chris Herren’s introductory video and live presentation at Garden City high school on March 25. It was a very emotional evening as the former professional basketball player shared his descent from small town hero to drug addict. The ex-Boston Celtic left little to the imagination as he shared his journey and the details that led to his fall. Parents, students, teachers, school administrators and community members sat transfixed as he shared his painful personal odyssey.
Herren told the riveted audience how he made his hometown of Falls River, Mass. proud. His stellar high school career earned him a spot as point guard for the Boston College Eagles. However, that dream came crashing down with one act that Herren wishes he could change. A fellow student offered him a line of cocaine and urged him on by telling him, 'It wouldn’t hurt him.' Herren rationalized his choice by saying, “I’ll try it this one time.” That one time turned into a 14-year-addiction that led to homelessness, near death and estrangement from his wife and three children.
Garden City Public Schools’ 2014 Afternoon Tea for senior citizens and past parents received a landslide of requests for free tickets to this much-anticipated spring event. Even though the “Tea” has been expanded for the fourth year in a row to include as many attendees as possible, the May 1 event is completely sold out.
Styled after a traditional English afternoon tea, Garden City’s event features musical performances by the district’s talented elementary through high school musicians, a K-12 art exhibit, delicious fare provided by local vendors and the school district’s food services. The light tea meal, tea samplings, and dessert will be served by volunteer high school students on elegantly styled tables fitting a five-star catering hall. Local supporting merchants include The Garden City Hotel, A New Leaf Tea Emporium, Alma-Lillian Abruzzo of The Tablescaper, Honestly Delicious, Bagelman of Garden City, Riesterer’s Bakery, and La Bottega, to name a few.
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Garden City Union Free School District is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades three through six. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that’s all about big ideas. Children will work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills as they rotate through four modules that reinvent summer fun.
Six ninth- and tenth-grade students of Garden City High School Spanish teacher Michael Berg were recently recognized with certificates from the Nassau County Office of the County Executive for their Public Service Announcement (PSA) video entries into the Families Against Drugs program competition. “Two groups of students worked together to make 30-second videos,” explained Berg. “As they are Spanish students, they were also required to include a bilingual phrase.”
To view the students’ video submissions, visit the following You Tube links: http://youtu.be/tBogcFBw3WA; http://youtu.be/pNowOMURcRs
— Submitted by Garden City Schools
Last month, Garden City High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) members donated coats and accessories from a drive they held to benefit Superstorm Sandy victims. Donations were provided to the Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC)—a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the profile of volunteerism and increasing the number of volunteers—to make available to member agencies of the Long Term Recovery Group, established in the region to assist relief and recovery efforts.
On April 1, Governor Cuomo’s proposed 2014-15 budget will be voted on by the state legislature. This week’s “Question of the Week” explains exactly what losses have occurred, what future losses the school district will experience, and where you can find additional information about state aid.
A complete listing of the questions and answers to date is posted on the district website: http://www.gardencity.k12.ny.us, under “Common Core FAQs.”
There are several upcoming programs children will love at the Community Church Nursery School (CCNS). Residents are encouraged to look into the following: the 2014 summer program called “Community Adventures” and the 2014-15 school year two-year-old programs, “PlaySchool” and “Next Steps.”
The “Community Adventures” summer program combines indoor and lots of outdoor activities in the beautiful play space that include water play, music, stories, art and craft projects and special days like “Watermelon Wednesdays.” Children will explore the nursery school’s natural playground, ride bikes, make music on the stage, go for sailboat “journeys.” They will tend the beautiful gardens where they will be planting and growing vegetables and flowers. The program is designed to keep bodies busy and minds moving while providing a safe, loving environment where children feel free to explore, learn and most importantly, play.
The Jamie and Paige Malone Foundation, Garden City Community Coalition and the Garden City PTA will host Herren’s jarring presentation on March 25, at Garden City High School at 7:30 PM.
Landing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, scoring 2,073 points in his varsity basketball career and heavily recruited by many Division 1 schools—by all accounts Chris Herren, at the tender age of 18, had it all. He made Durfee High School in Fall River, Mass. proud and had the beginnings of not just a promising career but the chance at a legendary one. That opportunity was curtailed by substance abuse.
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