Third-graders from Jackson Avenue School became app designers for a day. As the culmination to a project-based learning activity, students showed off their apps, which were designed to help others at the local or global level.
Presentations included songs, posters, Keynotes and iMovie videos, which were completed on district-issued iPads. Students created apps to assist organizations such as Make-A-Wish, Feeding America and the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island. Representatives from many of the organizations attended the expo, with genuine interest in the students’ ideas.
— From the Jackson Avenue School
Beacon Church is hosting its first annual DADfest, a free event open to everyone, on Sunday, June 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 65 East Williston Ave. in East Williston.
The Father’s Day event will have fun activities, including Dad Wars, jousting, wrestling suits, a football toss, a dunk tank, sports and games and a family photo booth. There will be a Fire and Ice Show by Mad Science of Long Island for kids at 1 p.m. Official food vendors include New Hyde Park eateries Paulie’s Ices, and Fire House BBQ, as well as Manorville’s Hot Diggity Dog Truck.
The Saint Aidan’s School recently competed in mock trial competitions at Our Lady of Mercy Academy and at Saint John’s Law School.
Both Our Lady of Mercy Academy and St. John’s Law School invited Catholic schools from all over Long Island to compete. Team members include John Paul Valente, Isabella Niola, Samantha Durante, Emily Dodson, Andrew Geager, Elizabeth Egan, Caitlin Egan, Nora Moran, Erin Morrisey and Zharee Richards.
Michael Palumbo, a first grader at Hampton Street School, was chosen as a local winner of The Long Island Presidents’ Council essay contest. Palumbo wrote about “how your teacher makes learning fun”. The Mineola Teachers Association and his first grade teacher, Mrs. Locascio, surprised and presented Palumbo with a certificate and a $100 check at an assembly in his school.
— From Hampton Street School
It was a heartrending moment for Mineola High School seniors Jasmine Muchlis and Jinal Patel when they saw the images of families devastated by a volcano that erupted in Indonesia this past February. Tens of thousands of people were forced out of their homes, and at least three people were killed.
For Muchlis, it was personal loss, as she knew one of the victims. The duo had concerns for the casualties. They decided to make it part of their senior project to help raise money for the victims; the two raised $400.
Mineola’s Linda Napoli, a retired reading teacher, draws inspiration for her children’s books from the people around her. The seed was planted for Sailing Away on a Rainy Day, her first book, published in 2012, from a chance comment she made to one of her students, Jessica, a tiny third-grader. It was a windy day and Napoli joked to the girl, “Don’t let the wind blow you away.”
In the story, illustrated by Raynald Kudemus and published by Xlibris, Jessica is carrying a bunch of balloons to give to her friends and gets swept up in the air, which carries her over shops, the zoo and the park. The wind settles down into a gentle breeze and Jessica floats down at the door of her school, just as the bell rings.
Your old bike may be doing nothing more than taking up space in your garage, but for people in Africa, a bicycle could be the key to literacy, a higher income, and overall better life. Wheatley School science teacher Steven Finkelstein saw this first hand when he went to Africa in 1997. An avid bicyclist, seeing how people’s lives were changed with this simple vehicle fueled a passion in him to help bring cycles to Africa.
In 1999, he saw that dream realized as he helped organize the Afri-Bike Coalition at Wheatley. Together with the nonprofit organization the Village Bicycle Project, the group held their first bike collection in 1999, and in 2000, sent 200 bikes to Ghana. Since, then they’ve sent a total of 2,500 bikes to Ghana.
“We’re giving them this tool of empowerment,” says Finkelstein. “We’re not just giving them money, but a tool to make money. Our trash is their treasure.”
Hakeem Rahim just wants to help. He wants to use his experience to aid others who may be suffering from what he called “an uncontrollable terror.” That terror was a panic attack and mental break. Rahim recently shared his story at a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., which focused on mental illness.
“I had delusions,” he said. “I thought I was Neo from The Matrix. I was jumping off the walls. I had all the classic signs of someone who broke from reality. It’s good to talk about it. It’s not good to hold it in.”
Rahim, who serves as a guest speaker for the nonprofit National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau (NAMI) in New Hyde Park, talks with students about his experiences before, during and after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2000. He’s speaks regularly with local school districts, including the Wheatley School.
Mineola’s Boy Scout Troop 45 will name five of its Scouts attaining the group’s highest ranking, Eagle Scout, on Friday, May 9 at the First Presybyterian Church in Mineola at 7:30 p.m.
Troop 45 will honor Michael Beatty, Daniel Gavin, Douglas Llanes, Dylan Perro and Christopher Strauss.
Beatty has held numerous positions within the troop: Assistant patrol leader, patrol leader, troop guide. He won 45’s Klondike Derby for four consecutive years (as a younger Scout and member of leadership corps) and as a younger Scout, achieving Honor Patrol for two years.
Currently, Beatty is attending Nassau Community College in hopes of becoming an NYPD officer.
Mineola resident Caroline Rizzo, of the Sacred Heart Academy, will advance to the Catholic Forensic League’s Grand National Tournament in Chicago from May 23-25. Her victory at a recent grand tournament at Roslyn High School was the result of research and oratory performance.
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