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MacArthur Students Take Part in Fair Trade Sale

A group of students from Mrs. Fritch’s Facing History & Ourselves class created a service learning project to help support women from impoverished countries in their efforts to rise out of poverty.

 

Working with the non-profit organization Eternal Threads, the students sold handmade artisan goods created by women and girls from India, Nepal, Uganda, and Mongolia. Kaitlyn Maniscalco, Courtney Maloney and Emilie d’Hedouville sold jewelry, bags, headbands and other crafts during their lunch periods and after school the week of December 16-20, 2013. The $650 raised from selling the items will go directly back to the women to help pay for school fees and fight against poverty.

 

This project not only benefits the poverty stricken women that created the items but also impacts the students who participated and the customers who supported this great cause. “There is so much need worldwide. If everyone could put in a little effort, we could make a huge impact on the world,” said Maniscalco. Maloney agreed, “It was a wonderful experience to be doing such a small thing and yet making such a big impact on those women’s lives.” D’Hedouville said, “It is so sentimental to have something made by poverty-stricken women around the world and having the satisfaction that I can make a difference by supporting them.”

 

— Submitted by the Levittown School District

News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


Calendar

Turkey Cookie - November 21

Lost Nights - November 22

Town of Hempstead Meeting - November 25


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