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.
On Feb. 8, Rushmore Avenue School in the Carle Place School District hosted its annual Jump Rope for Heart event. Student participants were sponsored by family, friends, neighbors, civic groups, municipal groups and local businesses, which helped to continue the longstanding tradition of raising funds for the American Heart Association (AHA). Over the past 26 years, the Carle Place community has raised more than $404,000 to suport the AHA, the nation’s oldest, largest voluntary organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
On Feb. 7, Carle Place Middle School hosted the Middle School Olympics, an event where students formed teams and competed in a series of events. Co-organized by seventh-grade teacher Lauren Palma and special education teacher Lauren Perazzo, the event raised $500, which was donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that serves veterans, service members and their families.
New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $137 billion spending plan will increase education aid by $807 million for the 2014-2015 school year, which will trickle down to the Westbury School District in the form of a 9.25 percent increase over last year.
Based on the preliminary budget figures, the Westbury School District will receive $3,175,452 more than last year, a total of $37,510,168 in state aid. The Carle Place School District will also see a slight rise in aid, and is expected to receive a 1.77 percent increase of $65,992, bringing this year’s estimated state aid total to $3,798,481.
The Carle Place Middle School’s LEGO robotics team, along with advisers Dave Angevine and Dr. Steven Leffler, took first place for innovative solutions at the First LEGOs League Qualifier Tournament on Feb. 1. The award recognizes a team for their original, unique solution to the problem they have chosen to research. The First LEGOs League (often called First) is an organization whose goal is to promote science research and engineering at the elementary and middle school grade levels.
The Carle Place sixth grade girls Our Lady of Hope basketball team won the CYO sixth grade “B” Division Finals in a tough battle against St. Pius in overtime. The final score at the Feb. 9 game was 23-21 to complete an undefeated season (14-0). The sixth grade girls basketball team has just completed three straight undefeated seasons, for an overall undefeated record for three seasons of 33-0. It was a great finish for the team’s first year in the “B” Division and next year the team moves up to the “A” Division. The team was led by Coach Robert Reed and Assistant Coach Nick Biggin.
Nineteen members of Carle Place High School’s SPARC/Interact Club have been helping senior citizens in the community battle the harsh winter weather. Dubbed “snow angels,” the high school students shovel the driveways of local senior citizens following each snowstorm. So far this season, they have braved four winter storms to clear driveways, pathways and snow-covered cars for seniors in the neighborhood.
The SPARC/Interact Club, advised by Kieran Morris, has also been busy with other community-service initiatives. Nine members recently demonstrated their compassion for others and their passion for service by volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. The club members prepared a delicious home-style dinner for more than 50 people currently residing at the Ronald McDonald House who have a child or sibling being treated in the adjacent Cohen Children’s Medical Center.
— From the Carle Place School District
Kindergarten students at Cherry Lane Elementary School in the Carle Place School District welcomed the Year of the Horse with their annual Lunar Day Parade and celebration recently. Lion and ribbon dancers, as well as the student marchers dressed in traditional Asian costumes, paraded through the halls of their school to usher in a year of prosperity and good fortune. A student-made, colorful dragon also joined the participants in their march to scare off bad luck.
Carle Place High School senior class officers recently decided to pay it forward by hosting a “cocoa and cram” study session. Student-leaders tutored more than 100 seventh and eighth grade students utilizing teacher-provided materials. Hot cocoa was served and enjoyed as students prepared for midterm examinations. A game of “Jeopardy!,” which was led and created by senior class president Rachael Martines, made for a unique, interactive learning experience.
The Westbury Memorial Public Library hosted a Star Wars Day recently and dozens of local youngsters and their parents enjoyed guest appearances from Stormtroopers, a Tusken Raider and Darth Vader, as well as Star Wars-themed games, refreshments, crafts and of course, books.
During the hour-long program, children had the opportunity to take photos with the Star Wars characters, all members of the 501st Legion costuming organization. Since 1997, the Legion has functioned as a group, creating a true science-fiction/fantasy ambience with a wide range of professional-grade costumes and props. Members of the 501st, which is often called “Vader’s First,” also took time to make their way through the Adult Library, stopping to greet patrons.
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