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Garden City Life - Schools

Basketball Drug Diaries

Written by Vilma Sceusa, Thursday, 01 May 2014 11:00

Chris Herren shares painful and personal odyssey

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.


Afternoon Tea Sold Out

Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

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.


STEM Is The Mother Of Camp Invention

Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00

Program returning to Garden City

with all new activities  

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.


Getting The Message Out

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:32

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:;

— Submitted by Garden City Schools


Helping Out Sandy Victims

Thursday, 03 April 2014 10:29

Student volunteers hold clothing drive

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.


Garden City Schools' ‘Question Of The Week’

Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:18

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:, under “Common Core FAQs.”


Church Nursery School Registration

Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:15

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.


A Cautionary Tale

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:45

Former basketball star

Chris Herren shares story

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.


Getting An Early Start

Written by Garden City Life Staff, Thursday, 20 March 2014 11:23

Preschool offers opportunities for two-year-olds

If you have a little one in your life, Resurrection Preschool offers opportunities for the Fall 2014 School year. Held at Resurrection Lutheran Church, two programs are available for children who are two years of age.

Mommy & Me is a classroom setting for children who will be two years of age by December 2014, accompanied by a special adult. The program takes place on Wednesdays and the session is 90 minutes long.  Children participate in making crafts, singing, dancing, and socializing. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend quality one-on-one, instructive time with your child.


High School Francophiles

Thursday, 13 March 2014 12:10

Félicitations to the following grade 10 and 11 French students in David Strauzer’s classes (pictured here, left to right with Strauzer [left] and world Language coordinator Peter Giacalone [right]): Dessie DiMino, Elizabeth Rieger, Ally Evans, Alexis Gogh, and Ariella Izzo. They received beautiful certificates of participation and posters from the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) for an essay contest in celebration of National French Week.

The theme was: “Le français—langue du 21ème siècle” (French­—language of the 21st century). Students wrote essays in English explaining how and why French is a vitally important language in this century. A job “très bien fait!


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