Jack Spoto and Virginia Graziosi, students at Connolly Elementary School...

Jack Spoto and Virginia Graziosi, students at Connolly Elementary School in Glen Cove, show off a sign their class created as part of the school's breast cancer awareness walk-a-thon. The students raised $835 to benefit the nonprofit Glen Cove C.A.R.E.S. Credit: Glen Cove School District

Thousands of local students participated in an array of activities in October to raise funds and support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

In Lynbrook, the high school combined soccer competition and charity by collecting about $3,000 through donations and clothing sales during games against Oceanside and Valley Stream South high schools. The event benefited the Male Breast Cancer Coalition, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Fly a Kite Foundation.

“It’s important to remind kids it’s not always about wins and losses,” Lynbrook coach Josh Berlin said of Lynbrook Soccer Day, which was held at Marion Street Elementary School’s Santo J. Barbarino Athletic Complex. “There’s a bigger world out there they need to be a part of.”

In Miller Place and Oyster Bay, the high schools’ girls volleyball teams were among those to hold “Dig Pink” games to benefit the Side-Out Foundation. Oyster Bay, for example, hosted its match against Carle Place and also held a bake sale and 50/50 raffle and sold $1 “ribbons for the cure,” school officials said.

Weldon E. Howitt Middle School in Farmingdale raised $3,500 for the Breast Cancer Research Fund and students got a visit from Grammy Award-winning singer Gloria Gaynor as part of the school’s Pink Out Day. Gaynor, a family friend of sixth-grader Mia Smith, performed her 1978 hit song, “I Will Survive.”

In Southampton, the high school raised funds at a different sporting event each week of the month to benefit breast cancer programs at Southampton Hospital. Teachers were encouraged to wear pink and pay $5 to wear jeans every Wednesday.

“Every little bit counts,” Southampton High School athletic director Darren Phillips said.


New principals

The Massapequa school district has three new principals: Patrick DiClemente at Massapequa High School’s main campus, Jordan McCaw at the high school’s Ames Campus and Stephen Aspetti at Birch Lane Elementary School.

DiClemente replaced Barbara Williams, who retired. McCaw, who moved into DiClemente’s former position at Ames, most recently served as executive assistant to the principal at the high school’s main campus.

Aspetti, a former assistant principal at Birch Lane Elementary, replaced Joyce Becker-Seddio, who retired.


New superintendent

Cynthia Seniuk is superintendent of the North Merrick school district. She replaced David S. Feller, who retired.

Seniuk most recently was assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Baldwin system. Before that, she held various positions in the Uniondale district, including K-12 curriculum director, assistant superintendent for human resources and interim assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

“I am eager to join the team at North Merrick and act upon my strong belief in the value of establishing partnerships and relationships between school communities, parents and outside organizations,” Seniuk said.


New principals

Mary Kolkhorst and Mi Jung An are the new principals of Berry Hill and South Grove elementary schools, respectively.

Kolkhorst replaced Joanne Mannion, who became the district’s assistant to the superintendent for curriculum, research and administrative support. An replaced Theresa Scrocco, who retired.

Kolkhorst served 20 years as a district enrichment teacher and for the past two years was a mentor intern coordinator. Before that, she taught at various elementary levels in the New York City Department of Education.

An previously was a teacher, principal and technology supervisor/director in upstate Clarkstown.

“Berry Hill is a unique and exciting place where warmth, enthusiasm and collaboration prevail,” Kolkhorst said. “It is both a pleasure and a privilege to serve as the principal of such a special community.”

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