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Seniors Give Students Tech Insight

This year’s Vernon Leaders Club is made up of 64 sixth-grade students and is advised by Vernon teacher Jen Doxsee. The purpose of Leaders Club is to help organize and run school events. The club helps to fundraise for various organizations as well as volunteer their time for community service.

The Leaders Club brainstormed on different ways to interact with the community and they thought that visiting the Life Enrichment Center would be a great way to help bridge the gap between generations.

On Thursday, May 29, the Vernon Leaders Club had lunch at the Life Enrichment Center.

After lunch the seniors shared their stories and experiences about how technology has changed throughout their lifetime and everyday living.  The students gained first-hand knowledge of history that cannot be learned from a textbook as seniors were able to share how they felt and give a glimpse of what life was like decades ago.

Leaders also shared some of their own stories about how technology has influenced their lives. This was a learning experience for the Life Enrichment Seniors as well as our Vernon students. Students are looking forward to sharing their newfound information with their peers at their June “Vernon Town Meeting.”

Doxsee commented, “It was so much fun. When we left the kids were so excited relaying all of their stories. I had five or six seniors come up to me thanking us and wanting us back.”

News

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”

One of Oyster Bay’s newest summer traditions is Dancing in the Street, which takes place every Friday in July at the gazebo in town. Sponsored by the Oyster Bay Main Street Association, half of Audrey Avenue is closed off and a DJ is called in for a great night of community dancing from 7-9 p.m.

“This is a great tradition and a beautiful town,” said visitor Michaela Lachance from Cooperstown, NY. “Everyone is having a wonderful time.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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