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Carle Place Middle School Hosts Multicultural Fair

Eighth-grade students in Jennifer Bambino and Cherie Gisondi’s Social Studies and English classes at Carle Place Middle School hosted a multicultural fair on Nov. 22. More than 35 countries were represented at the event, where guests were invited to taste student-made signature dishes. The recipes were displayed with historical information about the country of origin. Some students even chose to dress in traditional garb.


As part of their cultural project, the classes were also required to interview an immigrant about conditions during travel to the United States, first impressions, their acceptance by others after arriving in this country, similarities and differences between here and their home country, and more.


“I had a general knowledge of my family heritage going into the assignment, but this interview helped me to learn things I may not have ever known,” said student Sam Sanguedolce, who interviewed his grandfather about his Polish great-grandfather. “I was impressed by the fact that my great-grandfather knew how to speak many languages and had worked on the construction of churches in Poland.” Sanguedolce also discovered that his great-grandfather was recruited by an American company for his carpentry skills. After his solo journey to Florida in 1903, Sanguedolce’s great-grandfather was transferred to New York, where he met his wife and began his family life.


Student Amity White interviewed a next-door neighbor about her immigration to the United States from Italy in 1951. White said her neighbor described America as the place where “the streets are paved with gold — a land of endless opportunity for everyone.” After 17 years in this country, White’s neighbor went back to visit her family in Italy for the very first time. “She told me that nothing had changed there, even after so many years,” said White. “She divided her earnings, which were three times as much as what she was making in Italy, among her closest family members to ensure their well-being and hasn’t been back to Italy since. Her story serves as a big reminder to never take anything for granted.” 


—From the Carle Place School District 


Westbury High School students are teaching younger children from Park Avenue Elementary School valuable life lessons about money and business skills through the High School Heroes program.


In this program, high school students that are taking Renate Johnson’s Junior Achievement class will go into first grade classrooms to teach 45-minute lessons.


“It is a program that gives high school and younger students confidence and teaches them about business and financial literacy,” said Johnson.

The Westbury Historical Society will host Dr. Natalie Naylor, professor emerita at Hofstra University and author of Women in Long Island’s Past: Eminent Ladies and Everyday Lives at their next meeting on March 9. 


Naylor’s presentation will focus on the place of women in Long Island’s history, including several prominent women from Westbury’s past.  


Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 


The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.

Congratulations to Westbury athletes Michael Esposito, Eileen Harris, Brett Harris, and Michael Going, each of whom won awards in Race # 1 of the Jonas Chiropractic Run Nassau Series co-hosted by Nassau County and the Greater Long Island Running Club.


Michael Esposito, age 15, took home the second place award in the 15-19 age group with a time of 23 minutes, 6 seconds.  Eileen Harris, age 42, earned the first place award in the women’s 40-44 age group.  She completed the race with her 45 year old husband, Brett Harris, who was the third place award winner in the men’s 45-49 age group.  Michael Going, age 41, scored third place honors in the 40-44 age group with a time of 20 minutes, 51 seconds.


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