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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 tax levy for the 2014-15 school year was set at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, and district residents may be surprised that it’s coming in a bit lower than the amount voters had previously approved.

 

Assistant Superintendent for Business Helen Costigan initially revealed the Herricks’ tax levy for the coming school year was a 1.73 percent increase. However, she noted that a surplus in the budget could allow the district to establish a lower levy than previously anticipated. The board adopted the new levy, 1.3 percent or $93,325,352.

The Sons of Italy, Cellini Lodge No. 2206 Italian Festival in New Hyde Park garnered a solid turnout during its five-day run at Michael J. Tully Park last week. According to Lodge First Vice President Alfonso Squillante, the annual festival had more 1,500 people each day, with 3,200 people on Saturday night for the fireworks display.

 

“We’ve had a great turnout, the community has responded very positively,” said Squillante. “Last year we had 12,000 people over the course of five days and this year we are looking at record-breaking numbers.”


Sports

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Ave. in Williston Park, recently participated in a talent show at the school. This was a great way to not only show their talent but to go out of their every day comfort zone and perform in front of an audience. 

 

Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is a full-time, professional martial arts school, with classes for children, adults and teenagers. 

The New Hyde Park Firecats defeated Huntington’s HBC Sudden Impact in a shootout in the Girls-Under-13 State Open Cup final recently. After tying 1-1 in regulation, New Hyde Park advanced from the shootout, 3-1. 

 

New Hyde Park’s Izzy Glennon beat three defenders and chipped the HBC keeper to equalize after HBC’s Ryan Conway scored in the first half. 


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