Friday, 05 July 2013 00:00
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) was recently the installing officer of the annual installation of the Meadowbrook Women’s Initiative, held at Temple Chaverim in Plainview last month on Wednesday, June 26. “This organization is devoted to making a difference in people’s lives,” said Jacobs.
The Meadowbrook Women’s Initiative raises money through the year and then they present a checks to carefully reviewed and selected organizations to help in their efforts to help others. Every year a check is presented to the Hofstra University Medical School, in partnership with North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System in recognition of the promise that this medical school with be a first class, innovative resource to the community.
This year, as in prior years, the MWI check will be sponsoring scholarships for the summer for interns. Another check was presented to Angela’s House, an organization dedicated to assisting families caring for children who are medically fragile, chronically ill and/or suffering from a life threatening illness. It provides residential housing with 24 hour nursing care.
The third check was presented to Family Residences and Essential Enterprise, Inc, known as FREE. This is an organization that supports a diverse program benefitting over 3,500 differently disabled people. Clients of FREE have intellectual and other developmental disabilities for which they receive a wide assortment of services including housing, rehabilitation, family support and after school programs based on individual needs.
Jacobs said, “Following the presentations, young people from FREE sang beautifully for the over 200 people who were gathered. I do not believe there were many dry eyes in the room. I am now a member of MWI and marvel at how many lives they touch by their devotion to “making a difference.”
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:49
Standing at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by the Long Island STEM Hub and dozens of Long Island students who are part of the school’s engineering and robotics team, announced her education agenda to encourage more youths, especially women, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), bolster engineering education programs across Long Island’s elementary, middle, and high schools and draw more STEM teachers to educate children in high-need areas.
With eight of nine of the fastest growing industries requiring math and science proficiency and women, minority, and low-income students underrepresented in STEM-related careers, Gillibrand is pushing for federal measures to close the achievement gap and bring more STEM-related programs, such as the Long Island STEM Hub’s Career Academies, to schools across Long Island. With the success of POB-JFK high school’s targeted STEM curriculum and engineering program, the Hub will be launching an additional career academy in engineering next school year.