With summer almost gone and the advent of Labor Day, new and transfer students entering grades two through six were made welcome by Munsey Park classmates. The ambassadors are Munsey Park student volunteers who are paired with new students according to grade. The social held before school starts enables new students to familiarize themselves with Munsey Park Elementary School, meet a buddy and get to know one another. The social included a tour of the school, meeting key administrators and enjoying an ice cream treat from Manhasset’s favorite ice cream man, Yanni.
Munsey Park’s Principal, Dr. Jean Kendall and Mrs. Murray, assistant principal, welcomed everyone. The new students and their families gathered on the playing ground and were greeted in by Liz Tomaselli, Munsey Park’s School Community
President and members of her staff. “The ice cream social was great!” said Kristen Ryan, vice president of Munsey Park’s SCA. There were more than 20 new students (not including kindergarten) entering Munsey Park this year. “Lucy Choy Puma did a fabulous job putting together this fantastic event.” said Ryan.
This is the second part in our series covering the summer travels of our youth community for service, internships and personal growth.
Daniel Soyak regards America as his home, but his 10-hour flight to Turkey not only landed him in his city of birth, but facilitated an internship opportunity that he could not obtain in the states.
The incoming college sophomore, who concentrates in international business and is fluent in English, Turkish and German, put his skills to the test at Unifree, Turkey’s leading duty free company.
Elimination of the school district’s elementary music programs due to budget cuts was not music to seventh grader Aden Horowitz’s ears. Aden, age 12, an avid violin and piano player, and a recent a graduate of Shelter Rock Elementary School, learned of the district’s plans through friends while on the bus to school.
“Kids were saying, did you hear about the budget cuts, they’re cutting the music program. I was so devastated because I had had such a great experience. I felt like I needed to do something”, lamented Aden.
Many colleges require freshman students to take mandatory online “alcohol edu” programs with one in four college students meeting criteria for alcohol dependence. While these programs address “harm reduction” and informing students about the legal ramifications and negative health effects of underage drinking . Manhasset Coalition Against Substance Abuse (CASA) reminds parents that they play a significant role in the prevention of their teen’s college drinking.
The consequences of excessive drinking by college students are significant and more costly than many parents realize. Drinking by college students, aged 18 to 24, contributes to an estimated 1,825 student deaths, 599,000 injuries, and 97,000 cases of sexual assault or date rape each year.
As DJ Mike, kept the music spinning at the “Club MAX” Carnival Aug.10 on the grounds of Shelter Rock Elementary School, Roni Jacobson, director, referred to M.A.X. as “a perfect little program, a treasure tucked away in the Manhasset community.”
She should know as this is her 18th year with the Manhasset Afterschool Xperience, Inc. which is held in both elementary schools. Jacobson ws originally hired to work for M.A.X. at Munsey Park Elementary School and thought she would be there for just one year. She taught the M.A.X. classes and then became director. Jacobson explained “it is a manageable program where homework is the priority during the school year, fun is the focus in the summer.”
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