Thursday, 31 October 2013 00:00
This summer eighteen Manhasset High School students came together to help teach at the Great Neck/Manhasset Economic Opportunity Council’s (EOC) summer camp. The six-week full day summer camp provided children ages 5-13 educational enrichment, recreation, and performing arts classes and activities.
The participants included the following students: Matthew Cucchuni, Sydney Chen, Sadie Donnelly, Hope Gillan, Kendall Glynn, Jahnae Harris, Selen Henry, Keyshawn Johnson, Katherine Kelly, Grace Kenlon, Jeffrey McNeary, Angelica Melara, Austin Orlando, Kiyah Owens, Marykate Scrobe, Tramont Smith, Alexandra Tatrian, Taquan Thomas. The volunteers helped out in a number of capacities including supervising the campers on field trips, with academics tasks such as reading and writing and with recreational activities.
“We have some of the country’s most motivated students right here within our borders,” Supervisor John Riordan said, greeting the eighteen honorees and their families, friends and EOC administrators. “We pay tribute to those of you who are doing extraordinary things and we also acknowledge your parents and teachers and all those around you whose support, mentoring and encouragement has helped get you to this point.”
Keyshawn Johnson, 16, was cited as outstanding volunteer.
“I learned a lot, including how to be patient,” he said. “They (the campers) taught me a lot, also.”
The Manhasset/Great Neck EOC provides services that promote self-sufficiency, self-development and self-esteem through enrichment and support programs for both children and adults in the Manhasset, Great Neck, Roslyn and Port Washington area.
“I am very proud to have this opportunity to honor you for giving back to your community,” said Town Councilwoman Anna Kaplan. “You are a perfect example of why North Hempstead is a special place.”