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They’re Charity Champions

MSG Varsity, Optimum donate funds to school’s charitable activities 

A group of aspiring students from Floral Park Memorial High School (FPMHS) recently received accolades not only from Mayor Thomas J. Tweedy but also cash from the MSG Varsity/Optimum Power to Learn initiative. 

On Thursday, Jan. 31, the students were heralded during the Junior/Senior Challenge at the school for their participation in Charity Champions, a Cablevision-sponsored competition that promotes volunteerism and encourages area high schools to raise funds for a charity of their choice. 

Under the direction of student advisor Christina Blanc, who teaches seventh grade social studies, AP World History and AP European History at FPMHS, the students focused their efforts on “buildOn,” a not-for-profit organization that provides rural communities in developing nations across the globe with access to education, with a focus on gender equality. The school was awarded $1,000 to be donated to buildOn and also received $500 in “seed” money to support and implement the students’ fundraising events for buildOn.

Last summer, 16 students and four faculty members, including Blanc, spent a week in Wale, Nicaragua, where they lived with and worked beside the villagers to help construct a school. It was a humbling experience for both students and faculty, as they spent several hours each day mixing cement, tying rebar and digging the foundation with hand tools, and spent their nights with their host families in homes with mud floors. The school’s buildOn club is planning to embark on a similar trip this summer.

“The students here today are clearly focused on building a school in Nicaragua so that the young people there can also receive an education and look forward to a better future,” Tweedy said. “I commend them for their commitment and enthusiasm. I’d also like to thank MSG Varsity and Optimum’s Power to Learn for its Charity Champions program.”

Founded in 1998, Power to Learn, Cablevision’s nationally recognized education initiative, empowers K-12 learning in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado by making technology in the classroom useful and by facilitating the home-school connection, according to the company’s website. High schools can apply for participation in the Charity Champions competition, which is designed to help participants demonstrate school spirit, creativity and community service by planning, organizing and orchestrating an event or series of events to raise funds for their designated charity.

News

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


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