Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Middle School students were fortunate enough to receive a very powerful, inspirational presentation made by a former student. Danielle Cassar, an Island Trees alum, visited Ms. Jaime Roche’s health classes to speak about strength and perseverance. Danielle — who has survived cancer and foster care — has clearly overcome greater obstacles by the age of 10 than most people will face throughout their lifetime.
Danielle made it clear that giving up was never an option for her, nor should it be for anyone else. She emphasized how important it is for us to understand that we are capable of reaching our dreams; conquering anything we put our heart into. Danielle is one of the most positive and influential students that has passed through Island Trees. When asked what her biggest obstacle was thus far in life, Danielle stated, “Being a survivor, and knowing there are so many individuals with cancer that are not that lucky.” Danielle’s motto is now to give back. She believes she has been given a second chance for a reason and hopes that she will have the opportunity to touch the lives of many with her positive outlook on life. She is currently a student at Farmingdale State College who wishes to pursue a career in the medical field. She volunteer’s much of her time to fundraising for different causes.
She also works at Camp Sunshine, while being a full time student and maintaining a part time job. The students were listening intently to Danielle’s very inspiring, heartfelt message. Teachers and students were both speechless when hearing how her determination paid off and made her the incredible, mature young lady she has become today. The following is an excerpt of what Danielle spoke to the students about.
As I tell my story from beginning to end, my audience will hear me present about all the obstacles I have overcome and the way I have survived in my mere twenty years of life. As I present the challenges in my life such as dealing with the foster care system, dealing with parents who have drug issues, surviving stage 4 Cancer, medical setbacks and lastly adoption, I like to think that anyone who listens can learn and see first-hand that what you go through in life does not define who you are or who you’ll ever be. If you really want something in life, nothing in this world can stop you. I believe that I was given so many chances at life, and many people will call it a miracle. However, it’s really part of a bigger plan in which I am able to talk about, give people strength, and spread the word about what I have learned so others can learn too.
—Submitted by Island Trees School District
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00
It’s been a long time since Nicole Shaw and Chris McCabe first met—years, in fact—but after taking a chance on each other, the couple realized that they were meant to be with
McCabe recently proposing to Shaw at Old Westbury Gardens’ annual Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns after six years of dating.
McCabe, now an NYPD officer, and Shaw, who works for Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults, met in middle school and developed their friendship through high school, said Shaw.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
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.