Thousands of Long Island students are equipped with tools to help them succeed in class thanks to local donations of supplies and other school gear.
During the past month, the UJA-Federation of New York and the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless distributed backpacks and supplies — from notebooks and folders to pens and pencils. The federation's donations went to 9,000 students Islandwide, and the coalition's materials helped 3,000 children in need.
"The need for assistance is growing each year," said Greta Guarton, the coalition's executive director. "We are grateful to members of the community who come together to help our less-fortunate neighbors."
The coalition's back-to-school drive, titled "SOS: Supply Our Students," was held in partnership with the nonprofits Holiday Magic and Every Child's Dream.
Another effort was a four-day initiative by Waldbaum's supermarkets, with stores in Nassau and Suffolk counties giving residents the opportunity to purchase school supplies for their local districts.
The supermarket in Deer Park, for example, assembled $8 bags of supplies for patrons to buy, resulting in $1,000 in donations to the Deer Park school district.
Elsewhere, Valley Stream District 13's Educational Foundation donated $100 worth of supplies, along with more materials provided through a grant from CVS, to needy families living in the district.
In Bellport, a local BJ's Wholesale Club donated $1,000 and $1,500 worth of school supplies to Kreamer Street Elementary School, the store's adopt-a-school partner.
BETHPAGE: New principal
Erin Lindsay is the new principal of Charles Campagne Elementary School. Lindsay, who served as assistant principal at Merrick Avenue Middle School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District, replaced Angelita Cintado, who retired. She previously was a special-education teacher in East Moriches and Selden, in the Middle Country school district.
"I'm honored to be a part of such an amazing community," Lindsay said. "It is my goal to make sure all students feel safe and supported by me and my staff."
FARMINGDALE: New principal
Michael Febbraro is the new principal of Northside Elementary School, replacing Elizabeth Garavuso, who retired. Febbraro previously was principal of North Coleman Road Elementary School in Centereach.
"My first few months in the district have me excited about the years ahead, as I can already see Farmingdale values learning, and has parents that are very committed," he said.
SYOSSET: New principal
Thea Pallos is the new principal of Robbins Lane School, replacing Sharyn Goodman, who retired. She previously was principal of PS 234 in Astoria, Queens.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to be part of this wonderful district," Pallos said. "I look forward to watching the students not only learn new material as the year goes on, but ... develop a lifelong love of learning."
ISLANDWIDE: National Merit semifinalists
More than 200 Long Island high school students were among about 16,000 semifinalists named nationwide this month for scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp. More than 7,600 scholarships worth about $33 million will be issued. Finalists will be named in February and winners will be announced in the spring.
Local semifinalists are: Glen Head: Ryan Tine of North Shore High School; Great Neck: Christine An, Justin Chen, Esther Cho, Rachel Coons, Brett Dieber, Aaron Engel, Danna Greenberg, Jin Hyup Hong, Andrew Hu, Will Huh, Casey Li, Wankyoo Noh, Hamsavardhaan Pillai, Katie Tan, Sam Tokar and Jay Zussman of Great Neck South High School; Dan Hanover, Elliot Kohanbash, Nathaniel Libman, Jessy Lin, Evan Mironov, Cuilee Sha, Eric Wang, Matt Wigler and Jonathan Windsor of Great Neck North High School; Herricks: Kevin Chao, Dan Cheng, Chun Ho Kim, Jacqueline Lee, Monica Lee, Shweta Lodha, Deepti Mahajan, Eshawn Sharma, Karan Singhal, Belal Taher, Abhinav Talwar, Jim Tse, Justin Wang, Sundas Wiqas and Gina Yoo of Herricks High School; Hicksville: Julie Choi and Sebastian Niculescu of Hicksville High School; Jericho: Erica Busch, Sy-Wei Ho, Dan Huang, Taylor Kang, Gene Lee, Bryan Lei, Ien Li, Grace Mok, Rameel Rizvi, Eric Wildstein and Crystal Zheng of Jericho High School; Locust Valley: Jonathan Scheiner and Chris White of Friends Academy; Mary Guma, Tazim Merchant and Andrew Wee of Locust Valley High School; Ashley Herzig of Portledge School; Manhasset: Will Delaney, Xinjie Hu, Griffin Hyde, Jessica Kim, Jesse Levitin, Jeff McNeary, Andrew Moshova, Matt Peng, Alexandra Tatarian, Jack Wesson and Typher Yom of Manhasset High School; Brianna Taffe of St. Mary's High School; Mineola: Nathaniel Levy of Mineola High School; Greg Bertrand and Peter Goralski of Chaminade High School; New Hyde Park: Anjali Abraham of New Hyde Park Memorial High School; Old Westbury: Seungmin Yi and Kuan Yu of The Wheatley School; Plainedge: Will Loughlin of Plainedge High School; Plainview: Tyler Fenton, Susan Huang, Jen Hwang, Evan Rinder and Roshni Sethi of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School; Port Washington: Michael Colonna, Andrew Costenoble, Sam Goldman, Noah Hirsch, Evan Kaminsky, Liz Muratore, Crystal Ren, Wyndham-John Stopford and Chris Wilson of Schreiber High School; Roslyn: Will Berger, Rachel Mintz, Jordan Rosen, Hojun Shin and Brandon Tepper of Roslyn High School; Syosset: Kiera Salvo, Samantha Scaglione and Tara Sweeney of Our Lady of Mercy Academy; Alex Blumenstock, Max Carol, Ritayan Chakraborty, Tim Cheung, Emily Gruber, Elaine He, Mary Kim, Samantha Li, Abrar Nadroo, Adam Obedian, Rich Prestegaard, Rohith Rokkam, Divij Sharma, Rebecca Sobel, Fei Wan, Charles Wang, Jiwei Zhong and Shijun Zhu of Syosset High School.