Local kids learned what happens to the brain when it is attacked by drug and alcohol abuse at a recent presentation at Robert M. Finley Middle School. The school committee of SAFE’s PRIDE Coalition sponsored a visit by Dr. Stephen Dewey, a neurologist and neuroscientist, on Friday, Jan. 10, who spoke to a packed assembly of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders on “The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction,” which delved into how alcohol and drug use affects the developing adolescent and adult brain. The information he shared appeared to stun the middle school students who were, for the most part, silent for most of the assembly and totally engaged in the presentation.
Glen Cove Connolly Elementary School fifth-grader Lily Knobel is the winner of a national writing contest, sponsored by Scholastic Storyworks magazine. Lily and other students in Frank Monteleone’s class read an article based on a play entitled “Duckling” published in the Scholastic magazine. In the story, characters treated the ‘Ugly Duckling’ cruelly and Lily and her classmates were asked to write an explanation of how the Ugly Duckling learns to accept himself.
In her congratulatory letter to Lily, Assistant Editor Lauren Maganizer thanked Lily for her “thoughtful piece” and praised her on her use of evidence from the play to support her idea. For her award-winning entry, Lily received a copy of Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, a book about an 11-year-old girl with a photographic memory who is unable to walk, talk or write.
This is the second time in three years that one of Monteleone’s students has won this national award.
The North Shore Key Club has created a Single Service Project for the 2013-2014 year of service titled “Reading Lights the Torch for Learning.” The project involves various reading programs, targeted for children of all ages, at local community centers and libraries.
The program also includes an arts & craft component to make reading fun while learning.
Key Club advisor Julia Salat said, “We light the fire to inspire children to learn! The club has also included a school in Costa Rica and members have written books and produced a CD in Spanish of fairy tales so the children can listen to the wonderful stores as they disappear into a wonderland of fairy tales.”
Bundled with black garbage bags filled with toys, the North Shore Key Club and North Shore Chamber Orchestra made an exciting visit to Cohen Children’s Hospital prior to winter break. The visit is a tradition at the North Shore Schools, said Julia Salat, the Key Club director, made possible through North Shore’s 26th Annual Toy Drive, hosted by Dr. Rob Gerver and Mrs. Polito.
Members of Glen Cove High School’s Key Club recently hosted the Second Annual Holiday Feast to benefit the North Shore INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), the designated soup kitchen servicing the Glen Cove community. Representatives of Cablevision’s Power to
Learn education initiative attended and presented the GCHS Key Club and Glen Cove school officials with a check for $500 and the North Shore INN with an additional $1,000 on behalf of the Glen Cove club’s efforts.
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