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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

When it comes to fitness, getting off the couch is half the battle.

 

Plenty of people start each day with the best of intentions, but plans to eat healthy and get to the gym often fall by the wayside with even the most shoddy of excuses. But a New

Hyde Park native is bringing physical fitness to the front door with a mobile, personal traning regimen focusing on individualized one-on-one fitness, group sessions and corporate fitness. 

The Herricks School District recently concluded a series of contract negotiations with the administrators and teachers of the district. Though talks were reportedly difficult, both sides were able to come to an agreement.

 

However, at the Nov. 20 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Board President James Gounaris revealed that another bout of negotiations taking place with teaching assistants, which have taken an unfortunate turn for the worse.


Sports

The students of Herricks High School were treated to a “Blast from the Past” as the Herricks High School Class of 1964 during this year’s Homecoming celebration.  Approximately 60 members of the class of 1964 arrived at the high school on homecoming day for a tour of their alma mater.  Most of these alumni had not been back to the high school since graduating 50 years ago.

 

All were impressed with the changes that have taken place and with the friendly demeanor of our high school students. One alumnus became teary eyed when he ventured out into the courtyard.

Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season. 

“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”

 

The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against. 

Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him. 


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