Thursday, 04 July 2013 00:00
This spring, students at Stewart School in Garden City were given the tremendous opportunity to experience first-hand the powerful feeling that comes from doing something to help others. The Stewart School family participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Pennies For Patients,” a service learning program in which students collect spare change after school or on the weekends to help people with blood cancer.
Funds were collected from friends and family in honor of local student survivors and current patients. Parents received notification and were asked to speak to their children about the value of helping others. With the assistance of Stewart schoolteacher and coordinator Brenda McCarthy, many classrooms implemented learning activities that aligned with the New York State Standards. Members of the Student Council were involved with the publicity and coordination of the donations. Total amounts were graphed and estimates and predictions were made. Many students took on additional chores at home to receive donations and were “matched’ by family and friends.
Two culminating activities helped to raise the excitement level at Stewart School. The Stewart family playfully participated in “Stuck For A Buck.” This optional activity gave students a chance to actually tape a teacher to the wall. Librarian James McAleese and music teacher Andrew Albani “volunteered” to be duct taped to the gymnasium wall during lunch and recess periods. “Over 1700 pieces of tape were distributed that day,” explained McCarthy. “The duct tape was generously donated by Home Depot and Lowe’s.”
To end with a bang, the classes that raised the most money during the campaign were given a chance to “Pie the Principal!” Kim Petiton’s fourth-grade class took the top spot in this activity, earning an unbelievable $1,574.23. Each member of the class was able to throw a whipped cream pie at Stewart Principal Linda Norton. The second-, third- and fourth-place classes were also involved in the pie-throwing. Melissa Coyne’s, Michelle Galligan’s and Regina Lehan’s third-grade classes all joined in the fun. Assistant Principal Susan Kenny, John Cronin and Lehan were the recipients of those pies.
As a result of the generosity of the Stewart School family, the students were able to raise over $15,700 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, making the school the top donor on Long Island for the second consecutive year.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
On Sunday, Nov. 3, a walk-a-thon was held to benefit Camp Anchor, a year-round recreation program for citizens with both mental and physical handicaps. The walk-a-thon was coordinated by Garden City resident and Kellenberg Senior Christina DiMasso, and Kellenberg Junior Brendan Callahan, who both work at the camp. “I did this because Camp Anchor has been so great for my brother, Thomas, who struggles with autism,” Callahan said. “I have also grown so much through volunteering there these past three summers.”
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
For some people, giving back provides an inherent reward through the simple satisfaction of helping others. Garden City resident Gregory Burke is one of those people. A known philanthropist and supporter of various important causes, Burke’s gift to Winthrop-University Hospital is no exception to his generosity.
Recently, Burke presented Kevin T. Curran, member of Winthrop’s Board of Directors, with a $25,000 gift in support of the hospital’s new Research and Academic Center. The center, scheduled to be completed in late 2014, will focus on the research of diabetes, obesity and the cardiometabolic complications that arise from those conditions, as well as other pressing national and local health issues, including reducing premature births and treating conditions related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The 36th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot was held on a sunny but cold and windy Thanksgiving day. The frigid temperatures were no match for the more than 5,000 runners who ran in Long Island’s largest Thanksgiving day road race. The Turkey Trot consists of three races—a Challenger Division Race for courageous special needs athletes, a 1.4-mile Fun Run and a challenging 5-mile race.
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 12:19
Knowing they were facing off against a very physical team which had made the States for the last two consecutive years, the Garden City Wings Varsity Ice Hockey teammates discussed strategies in the locker room at the Bethpage Ice Arena. Alex Feinstein’s past netminding experiences for the Sailors would prove valuable to them as he drew upon his insight in how to compete against them effectively. Playing with the Garden City Wings team, together they crushed the Oceanside Sailors 7-2, earning their first Varsity win of the season in Nassau County High School Hockey League. Feinsten faced 30 shots while his teammates unloaded 24 on the opposing goalie.