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Key Club Battle Of The Classes Kicks Off

The Carle Place High School Key Club recently hosted a schoolwide assembly to jump-start their seventh annual Battle of the Classes: Battling for a Cause, a fundraising event that benefits a different charity each year.    


In the past, students have raised $75,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Dancing Dreams, Autism Awareness, the Children’s Miracle Network, the Ronald McDonald House and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. This year, students in ninth through 12th grade will compete to raise money for the Lexiebean Foundation for Children with Cancer, whose mission is to help ease the financial and emotional burdens of local families battling childhood cancer. The foundation also supplies care packages to patients, parents and siblings while providing financial aid to families on a case-by-case basis. Lexiebean was founded by Joseph and LeaAnn Falabella, who lost their nine-year-old daughter Alexandra (Lexie) to an infection while she was being treated for medullablastoma, a form of pediatric cancer, in 2009.


“The time that I give to the Lexiebean Foundation is the time that I would have been giving to Alexandra,” said LeaAnn during her speech. “I know how hard it is. I understand what these families are going through emotionally and financially, and all I want is to put a smile on their faces.”


Members of the Carle Place Key Club produced a 10 minute video for the assembly, highlighting the Lexiebean Foundation and its wonderful work. It also focused on one-year-old Guiliana Geller, who was diagnosed with undifferentiated small round sarcoma, an extremely rare form of pediatric cancer, in August 2013. Guiliana’s mother, Jackie, spoke to students about her experiences with the foundation and of the kindness and generosity that her family has received from the Carle Place School District.


“It has been truly amazing to receive letters and care packages from students who don’t even know us but support us and show such deep concern,” said Geller. “My family will forever cherish those moments because of you.”


The Key Club will host a culminating Battle of the Classes event on Feb. 28, where they will present the Lexiebean Foundation with a monetary donation. 



-— From the Carle PlaceSchool 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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