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Letter: Scouting Out Allergic Foods

I am currently a senior at New Hyde Park Memorial. The title of my Girl Scout Gold Award project was  “Lets Include Instead of Exclude.” The project consisted of different seminars for children from preschool through junior high school with food allergies and other restrictions. I chose to do this for my Girl Scout Gold Award project because I felt I had a lot of knowledge to share on this topic. I grew up with many allergies during my childhood and continue to deal with them.

I felt there was very little support and awareness for children with food allergies and other restrictions throughout my education. At first I invited the nursery and grammar schools in New Hyde Park to join me for an informational seminar in January at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. My next target was the junior high school.  I ran classes, which consisted of a question and answer game. This kept the kids interested and learning at the same time.

I invited all of the New Hyde Park community to my food allergy jamboree on Jan. 23. The jamboree consisted of many samples of gluten free, dairy free, peanut free and other allergen free foods for children and parents to take home to try. There was also plenty of literature, epipen training and a display of local vendors who support families with allergies (Gourmet Bakery, McDonalds, Hand Rolled Bagels, Frantonis Pizzeria and Iceland.)

We also had a scavenger hunt game to help kids learn more about allergies. The raffles they won had helpful tips to help them feel included during their everyday life. When the Jamboree was completed, I reviewed all of the concerns I received from the attendees and discussed the feedback with the principals of the schools.  I distributed folders with helpful hints, epipen material and samples of products that can be useful to their students. I am hoping all this information will help the community to be more aware and sustain the topic to include instead of exclude. There are many obstacles a child will reach as they are growing up.  They need to realize they are not alone and the best way to help is communicating with others and supporting them.

Marisa Pugliese

New Hyde Park Memorial High School Senior

News

James Sokol and Jake Leeds from Boy Scout Troop 298 recently completed their service projects.

 

Sokol and fellow Scouts replaced the backboards, rims and nets in the basketball court in Nuzzi Park. They also trimmed trees and repainted the court lines. 

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.


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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