Farmingdale State College anticipates the grand opening of their new $7.5 million Children’s Center in late September. It moves from its old location to a bluff overlooking Route 110 at the college’s parking field one. The building includes gross motor room playing areas, two extra-large play rooms for the center’s summer camp program, and individual playgrounds for specific age groups for the children of students, staff, and community members.
Linda Crispi, Children’s Center director, says they look forward to providing more summer programs and half-day summer events in 2014. The center will include school vacation care, winter and spring breaks. With the additional space, air conditioning and heat in the building and an added infant room, the center is ideal for returning students, faculty, and community members with young children.
Family & Children’s Association seeks donations of new back-to-school supplies and clothing for area families in need.
One such family is the Reades, who recently lost their mother to childbirth. The eldest Reade daughter, 24, stepped in to be the caretaker to her 11 siblings, ages two to 20, to ensure that the family could stay together and not risk being sent to foster homes. This brave young woman is juggling all the responsibilities of meeting the varied needs of her brothers and sisters and managing the household duties, all while holding down a full-time job, where she earns minimum wage.
Nassau County Legislator Michael Venditto recently attended the Eagle Court of Honor for Christopher Jerome Moore Jr. Boy Scout Troop 261, Farmingdale. Pictured are: Allessandra Moore, Katherine Moore, Legislator Venditto, Eagle Scout Christopher Moore Jr., Christine Moore and Christopher Moore Sr.
Hempstead Town recently welcomed young visitors to Hempstead Town Hall during the town’s annual Bring Your Children to Work Day. Pictured are Shannon Mangano from the town’s Parks and Recreation ANCHOR Program, and her daughter Tessa, of Bethpage.
Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School recognized the achievements of its outstanding students at its Annual Honors Banquet. Among those honored was Farmingdale resident Jayne Guarino.
Twenty eighth grade science students from Howitt Middle School recently raced carbon-dioxide (CO2) powered cars as part of an interactive study on Newton’s Second and Third Laws of Motion. The cars were 10 to 12 inches long and designed by applying science, technology and math skills the students learned throughout the school year. The colorful, hand-made miniature vehicles represented the students’ interests.
After testing the cars and racing them around a track, the students took the data that they collected and applied it to equations that showed the cars’ speed, distance and applied force.
Albany Avenue Elementary School recently launched a before-school fitness program called Walking to Wow, encouraging students to walk for 20 minutes before the school day begins. The program is based on a recent fitness study conducted by The University of Illinois-Urbana.
The study concluded that walking for fifteen minutes a day could increase student performance in a series of key academic areas. The areas of student performance improved by walking increased the volume of the brain, increased efficiency and other cognitive processes such as memory, attention and decision-making.
The Farmingdale School District held its commencement ceremony for the Farmingdale High School Class of 2013 at Hofstra University on Tuesday, June 18. Friends, family and alumni were in attendance to watch the 542 newest graduates walk across the stage, receive their diplomas and traditionally toss their caps into the air.
The ceremony featured musical performances from members of the graduating class’ music program as well as inspirational speeches from Valedictorian Nakul Gupta, Salutatorian Sara Golshahr and Class President Raymond Webb.
Fifteen performing ensembles from the Farmingdale schools performed for an objective evaluation of their skills at the New York State School Music Association Festival (NYSSMA) Large Organization Festival held at Hofstra University. Many school districts participated but Farmingdale sent the largest number of groups and students to be adjudicated by certified judges.
After months of diligent work, each group performed three NYSSMA approved musical selections at a specific level of difficulty. The NYSSMA judges scored the groups on rhythm, intonation, phrasing, dynamics, interpretation, tone and musicianship.
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