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Help For The Holidays

This season, students from all across our area have banded together to help locals in need for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.

Before the snow rolled in, a group of about 30 children from North Shore Synagogue’s Religious School in Syosset took a short ride to the Town of Oyster Bay Farm on Split Rock Road in North Syosset to do a “mitzvah” by helping to feed the hungry.

The students harvested string beans, peppers and eggplants to be donated to a local food pantry. At their harvest trip, they picked more than 30 pounds of peppers, four pounds of eggplant and 20 pounds of string beans.   

“The Jewish tradition of “tikkun olam” [literally, “to heal the world”] teaches that we are responsible for caring for those who cannot help themselves and caring for the earth,” said Rabbi Bravo, who attended the harvest program. “Planting, harvesting and donating gave the children the experience of doing a good deed, caring for the land, and taking care of others. As a rabbi and a parent, I value the large and small lessons this program teaches.”

Long Island Lutheran Middle & High School students in Brookville worked with the Marines to collect toys for children during the Christmas season. LuHi students collected more than 200 toys for children in the local community through Toys For Tots. Members of the wrestling team then assisted in loading up the truck with the toys.

LuHi students also hosted a Christmas Party at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Queens Village complete with carolers, entertainment, food and gifts for the residents.

In Jericho, students at Robert Seaman Elementary also held a toy drive, collecting hundreds of toys, to benefit Toys of Hope. Robert Seaman students also held their annual canned food drive recently to benefit Momma’s House to help feed their neighbors during the holiday season.

News

Eight students from Jericho High School, the largest number of students from any school on Long Island this year, are among the 300 semifinalists picked from 1,800 entrants nationally and overseas in the annual Intel Science Talent Search.

Brookville’s Green Vale School students were featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Sport Rocketry, the official journal of the National Association of Rocketry.

The seventh-grade students competed nationally at the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) last May in Virginia and were the youngest rocket scientists competing. They were also the only team from Long Island that qualified to enter the competition and one of only two teams from New York State.


Sports

The Syosset Braves 11-year-old football team recently won the Superbowl Championship Game against the Rosedale Jets with a final score of 13 to 0.

The Farrell & Schmidt Ho Ho Ho 5-Kilometer Run started and finished at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Bethpage on Dec. 21. The top local finisher was Tim Mahony of Syosset, who scored in 11th place overall and third in the 15 to 19 age group.

Other locals winning awards in this year’s Ho Ho Ho Run were Gina Ferraro of Syosset (2nd woman, 35-39 age group), Patty Santella of Syosset (3rd woman, 45-49 age group), Kim Solomine of Syosset (2nd woman, 55-59 age group).


Calendar

Jericho Wheelchair Basketball

January 17

Reality Check on America’s Economy, Health Care & Budget

January 17

Open Forum: Now What Do I Say?

January 21



Columns

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