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Putting A Face On Bipolarism

High school students learn about mental health

Students attenting health education classes at Garden City High School listened intently as Hakeem Rahim from the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) shared his personal journey with  mental health issues during his recent presentation, “Let’s Talk Mental Illness.”

Hakeem was the first African-American male valedictorian in Uniondale High School. During his freshman year at Harvard University, he experienced his first anxiety attack, and his struggle with mental health issues began. Ultimately, Rahim graduated cum laude from Harvard and continued on to achieve a Masters of Education from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

During his presentation, the Ivy League alum raised awareness about mental illness and the stigma that goes along with it. He talked about his journey to bring “awareness to students to help them speak out and understand that mental illness can affect anyone, anywhere,” said health teacher Jennifer Soper.

“It has been 13 years since my diagnosis and 15 years since my journey with mental illness began,” Rahim explained. “I have embraced and integrated bipolar disorder as part of my life. Mental health awareness and advocacy, and mental illness education have become part of my vocation. Currently, I am NAMI Queens/Nassau’s Let’s Talk Mental Illness presenter. Through the presentation, I have shared my experience with bipolar disorder and provided much needed awareness to over 2,000 high school and middle school students at 17 schools throughout Nassau County.”

News

School board shows off improvements at Stratford

This month’s Garden City Board of Education meeting saw a boost in attendance, and not just from district residents. This was the first board meeting to be held at Stratford School, so teachers and students there stopped by to show off the best it has to offer.

Leading the pack was school principal Eileen Vota, who gave the board a tour of the school before the meeting got underway. Along the way, highlights of the capital improvement project were pointed out, all a result of the 2009 School Investment Bond and Energy Performance Contract.

The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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