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Nassau: Aiding Typhoon Haiyan victims

Merrick Avenue Middle School's students and staff display

Merrick Avenue Middle School's students and staff display stickers showing that they helped typhoon victims in the Philippines. They raised $300 for the Red Cross by wearing the colors of the Filipino flag. Credit: Handout

Typhoon victims in the Philippines have been getting some much-needed relief this winter courtesy of local students.

Many Long Island schools have held fundraisers in an effort to aid those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which was categorized as one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall. The typhoon killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines in November.

In Mastic Beach, Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School students raised $1,113 by donating spare change to UNICEF, which is helping provide shelter, clean water and medicine to children in the Philippines. The project coincided with the school's character education trait of December: compassion.

"Our community was hit hard by superstorm Sandy, so it really meant a lot for students to help children affected by Haiyan," Principal Monica Corona said. "Students learned that by everyone chipping in a little bit, they can really make a difference in lives of others."

In Commack, Mandracchia-Sawmill Intermediate School students raised $1,500 by donating dollars to wear pajamas, while Hampton Bays Elementary School's Kiwanis Kids Club hosted a dance-a-thon that netted $1,400. Both efforts benefited the American Red Cross.

In Lynbrook, South Middle School's Scrabble Club coordinated a spare change collection and a bake sale that raised $543. Funds went to the Afya Foundation, a nonprofit that distributes surplus medical supplies.

In South Huntington, Stimson Middle School raised $300 for the Salvation Army with a "Wear Jeans on Friday" day and a change collection launched by seventh-grader Jen Duclay.

In Merrick, pupils at Merrick Avenue Middle School raised $300 for the Red Cross by wearing the colors of the Filipino flag.

 

GLEN COVE

Welcomed by Obama

Glen Cove High School's Select Chorale enjoyed a special treat last month during a holiday performance at the White House: a visit from President Barack Obama.

The 49-member chorale was told Obama might stop in for a brief visit during their Dec. 13 appearance. And so he did: The president entered the room, said "Hey, Glen Cove," and shook hands with every chorale member, school officials said.

The chorale was chosen to perform holiday classics after submitting an application last year to White House officials. It was the only local group among 50 acts selected nationwide.

 

SYOSSET

Spreading kindness

Fifth-grade girls at J. Irving Baylis Elementary School explored the importance of friendships last month during a workshop hosted by Child Abuse Prevention Services in Roslyn. Topics ranged from qualities that friends should possess to how friends should handle conflicts.

In other news, Harry B. Thompson and South Woods middle school students recently got a firsthand account of the effects of bullying during a visit by John Halligan, the father of a Vermont teenager who committed suicide in 2003 because of bullying.

 

COUNTYWIDE

Physical leadership

The New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance issued Nassau County Zone Awards last month to one male and one female student from each high school for their academic prowess, leadership and physical performance. Students enrolled in non-coed parochial schools also received awards. Local winners were:

Carle Place: Maria Hyland and John DiFrisco of Carle Place High School; Glen Cove: Alessandra Cappiello and Ryan Perkins of Glen Cove High School; Glen Head: Julia Vollmer and Travis Laderer of North Shore High School; Great Neck: Hally Silberg and Mike Friedlich of North High School; Alisha Varughese and Alex Cohen of South High School; Herricks: Rebecca Dominguez and Steve Andretta of Herricks High School; Hicksville: Keley Abbriano and Dan Sloan of Hicksville High School; Jericho: Jamie Tils and Michael Goren of Jericho High School; Locust Valley: Julia Vezza and Matt Bartell of Locust Valley High School; Manhasset: Tara Belinsky and Dan Meyer of Manhasset High School; Mineola: Valerie Fischer and Doug Hale of Mineola High School; New Hyde Park: Regina Siciliano and Chris Ferlazzo of New Hyde Park High School; Old Westbury: Joanne Joshua and Xavier Fallarino of The Wheatley School; Oyster Bay: Caroline Kelly and Berkeley Golon of Oyster Bay High School; Plainedge: Erica Carney and Nick Tibaldi of Plainedge High School; Plainview: Emily Strack and Justin Ingardia of Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School; Port Washington: Michele Lammers and Matt Siegel of Paul D. Schreiber High School; Roslyn: Arielle Mayourian and Alex Epprecht of Roslyn High School; Syosset: Emily Rosen and Adam Hornick of Syosset High School; Najheri Salley of Our Lady of Mercy Academy; Westbury: Otilia Bernal and Stephan Bazin of Westbury High Shool.

 

COUNTYWIDE

Physical leadership

The New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance issued Nassau County Zone Awards last month to one male and one female student from each high school for their academic prowess, leadership and physical performance. Students enrolled in non-coed parochial schools also received awards. Local winners were:

Baldwin: Jessica Pulis and Tyler Warner of Baldwin Senior High School; Bellmore: Madison McGlone and Justin Feigeles of John F. Kennedy High School; Bethpage: Brianna Scaldaferri and Charles Bachmeier of Bethpage High School; East Meadow: Angelica Gargiulo and Jesse Russo of W. Tresper Clarke High School; Amanda Franzese and Jeffrey Juarez of East Meadow High School; East Rockaway: Tiffani Parente and Frank Gallegro of East Rockaway High School; Elmont: Valdy Valere and Jamileth Ayala of Elmont Memorial High School; Farmingdale: Alexis Camisa and Kyle Brey of Farmingdale High School; Floral Park: Brittany Ingram and Daniel Bostrom of Floral Park High School; Celestina Pipia and Dominick Roberge of Sewanhaka High School; Franklin Square: Katie Veron and Jarrett Stiles of H. Frank Carey High School; Freeport: Kerrian Harvey and Jonathan Valerio of Freeport High School; Garden City: Drusilla Falco and Robert Wotczak of Garden City High School; Hempstead: Nircia Carmona and Kevin Morales of Hempstead High School; Morgan Windisch of Sacred Heart Academy; Hewlett: Samantha DiSalvo and Alexander Messados of Hewlett High School; Lawrence: Andie Baum and Marcus Eccleston of Lawrence High School; Levittown: Karlene Ziegler and Anthony Reyes of Island Trees High School; Laura Stuart and Christopher Reilly of Division Avenue High School; Lyndsey Balder and Eric Finkelstein of Gen. Douglas MacArthur High School; Long Beach: Julianna Zaharias and Anthony Cabasino of Long Beach High School; Lynbrook: Jessica Bedson and Obi Ventura of Lynbrook High School; Malverne: Shalena Jones and James Hannafin of Malverne High School; Massapequa: Justine Abbate and Craig Berge of Massapequa High School; Merrick: Geena Cantalupo and Eric Ohlendorf of Sanford H. Calhoun High School; North Bellmore: Laurel Gumpert and Dominick Raheb of Wellington Mepham High School; Oceanside: Jeannie Callanan and Edward Trotta of Oceanside High School; Rockville Centre: Briar Rose DeTommaso and Jack Lucas of South Side High School; Roosevelt: Emoni Lovell and Ever Gutierrez of Roosevelt High School; Uniondale: Taylah Hawkins and Nicholas Danns of Uniondale High School; Valley Stream: Kallie Demas and Chazz Inniss of Valley Stream Central High School; Jenna Abruzzino and Timothy Sarro of Valley Stream North High School; Isabella Perez-Pecchio and Joseph McCarty of Valley Stream South High School; Wantagh: Kathleen Valenti and Kenneth Banschback of Wantagh High School; West Hempstead: Jaime Rodriguez and Darren Davy of West Hempstead High School.

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