Friday, 09 October 2009 00:00
Assemblyman Tom Alfano announced that he was able to secure $90,000 in grant funding for Elmont Memorial High School to build a new outdoor concession stand with announcer’s booth and new training equipment for the Elmont Memorial High School weight room.
The grant funding comes on the heels of a new weight room Alfano secured for Sewanhaka High School that is now fully operational. The grants were secured by Alfano through the state budget process and are part of his education investment initiatives in the 21st Assembly District.
“These new additions to our high schools will enhance the high school experience for our young people and build upon other projects I was able to secure for our students,” said Alfano. “The new weight room at Sewanhaka High School is sensational and has been receiving rave reviews from student-athletes. The projects at Elmont Memorial High School were sorely needed and I am very pleased to have teamed up with parents, principal John Capozzi and the Elmont Memorial High School community.”
The concession stand will also house an announcer’s booth for games along with a new state-of-the-art sound system. The sound system is the second audio system Alfano secured for Elmont Memorial High School as the first was secured for the high school gymnasium for the indoor sports programs ranging from the basketball to the volleyball teams.
“The grant will not only be used to build the concession stand, but it will also be used to purchase a refrigerator, stove equipment, food prep areas and other ancillary household supplies. The concession stand will be used to house the outdoor kitchen that will allow our community, parents, and student groups to offer hot food and provide refreshments during our athletic and recreational events. The proceeds from the sales will be used to support the athletic and academic programs at Elmont Memorial High School,” said princial Capozzi. “I want to thank Tom Alfano for always being there for Elmont Memorial High School.”
The concession stand will be located between the track and baseball fields on the Dutch Broadway side of the Elmont Memorial school grounds.
The second project at Elmont Memorial is the refurbishment of the weight room. The grant funding Alfano secured will allow the school to purchase new free weights, Cybex machines, Bo-flex machines, cardiovascular equipment and assorted weight lifting equipment. The weight room refurbishment is part of a new wellness initiative that Elmont Memorial High School has embarked upon over the last few years. Part of the initiative entails the “Walk for Wellness,” raising awareness of healthy choices in eating and lifestyle as well as getting proper exercise and combating diabetes as well as childhood and young adult obesity.