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Nassau: donations for Long Beach

Glen Cove High School students present a chain

Glen Cove High School students present a chain of good wishes at Long Beach High after superstorm Sandy. Glen Cove also raised $2,000 for Long Beach, where five gyms were damaged. Photo Credit: Handout

The Long Beach school district continues to receive donations and help from schools, both locally and nationally, to help with recovery from superstorm Sandy.

Cheerleaders at two schools in Ohio — rivals Jackson High School in Massillon and Hoover High School in North Canton — joined forces and raised $6,000.

Jackson High's fundraisers included a candy sale, fittingly named "Candy for Sandy," while Hoover High students awarded T-shirts and other prizes in exchange for donations. The schools also raised more than $1,000 from local businesses and solicited donations from those attending their hockey game on Nov. 29.

"More than one-third of our students actively participate in our athletics program, so we understand the pain this kind of loss must have caused," said Jackson High Principal Monica Myers. In Long Beach, gymnasiums in five schools were damaged, and athletic equipment and uniforms were destroyed.

Meanwhile, Glen Cove High School's student government raised $2,000 through a "City 2 City" campaign that included a series of fundraisers to benefit Long Beach.

"Glen Cove and Long Beach are the only two cities on Long Island, so we felt a special bond with Long Beach," Glen Cove senior Paulo Coelho said.

Fundraisers included a "coin war" that challenged grades to donate the most pocket change and the donation of proceeds from a dinner theater production of "Little Women."

In East Setauket, Ward Melville High School's student council collected more than 40 boxes of books, games and classroom supplies and bused them to Long Beach on Jan. 7.



Bilingual workshop

Bayview Avenue Elementary School hosted its first-ever bilingual workshop last month to provide parents for whom English is a second language with strategies to prepare their children for school.

Presentations focused on five developmental areas — physical, cognitive, speech and language, social and emotional, and self-help skills — for children ages 48 to 60 months.

The program was headed by the Long Island Early Childhood Direction Center in Syosset.



Make-a-Wish donation

Raymond J. Lockhart Elementary School recently raised $3,400 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation through a walkathon in which students collected pledges based on the number of laps they could walk or run around the school's fields.

In other news, Massapequa High School recently raised $1,200 through its third annual alumni basketball game to benefit the American Cancer Society.



Education Partners

Nassau BOCES gave 11 local individuals and three organizations the title of "Education Partner" last month for their substantial impact on public education in Nassau County.

Honorees were: John Capozzi, principal of Elmont Memorial High School; Lois Cornibert, vice president of Astoria Federal Savings' banking division; Andrew Corrado, Long Island market president for Capital One Bank; Kishore Kuncham, superintendent of Freeport public schools; Peter Osroff, principal of Garden City Middle School; Duncan Quarless, director of The College at Old Westbury's Science and Technology Entry Program; Kathleen Rice, Nassau County district attorney; Renee Tarzia, special education teacher at Nassau BOCES Career Preparatory High School; Mary Jo O'Hagan, a trustee in the Baldwin Union Free School District; Brittany Wilson, a senior at Island Trees High School; and Christina Blanc, a social studies teacher at Floral Park High School.

The honored organizations were Habitat for Humanity in Nassau County, Heart of America Foundation and Nassau BOCES' Rosemary Kennedy School PTA.



King celebrations

Dozens of local schools honored the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. last month with activities designed to promote tolerance and equality.

In Glen Cove, Landing Elementary School held a balloon launch in which classes wrote their "dreams of peace" on pieces of paper — along with their first name and the school's contact information — and inserted them into helium balloons. When the balloons reached a certain altitude they broke and sent the dreams flying for people elsewhere to find, school officials said.

In East Meadow, Parkway Elementary School kindergartners pledged to be peacemakers and created cutouts of hands holding up a heart. "The design reinforces the message that the students will accept others, no matter what their differences," teacher Pam Tobin said.

In Bellmore, fourth-graders at Winthrop Avenue Primary School drew and colored peace signs encircled with messages of peace and discussed the negative effects of segregation.

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