Confucius said, “He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.” This wise old saying rings quite true for Brandon Yaraghi, Jack Forlines and Tyler Tam, three charming young men who are well on their way to securing great futures. Friends, outstanding Friends Academy students and star athletes, these entrepreneurially minded comrades rallied together to help a cause true to their heart, the children of Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club.
It all started with WATCH - We Are The Community Helpers committee – a Friends Academy program, encouraging and organizing student involvement in various community service projects. Through the program, Brandon, Jack and Tyler and were introduced to Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club, assisting members with homework help during the club’s Power Hour. After getting to know the kids on a personal level and developing lasting bonds, the three friends felt compelled to do more than just volunteer their time.
Glen Cove Board of Education President Joel Sunshine joined other former runners and friends and family of Albert “AJ” Johnson in dedicating the Glen Cove High School track in honor of the late Glen Cove High School track coach.
A graduate of Glen Cove High School, Johnson retired in 1999 following a 30-year career as an art teacher and track and cross-country coach in Glen Cove. He passed away three years ago, and the dedication was fittingly held on his birthday.
Portledge School hosted its 38th Commencement Exercises on Friday, June 14. Family and friends gathered on the Gimbel Lawn under a tent to share this joyous occasion. The Class of 2013 graduated 39 students, several of whom have been at the school since early childhood.
Under the direction of Brittney Frank, the Finley Middle School seventh-grade band was awarded the highest level of Gold at the 2013 NYSSMA Majors Festival held at Hofstra University on May 22. Bands, choruses, and orchestras from around Long Island performed at the festival and are graded by two adjudicators. The Finley seventh-grade band performed three pieces, which were also performed at this year’s spring concert.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, students at Deasy Elementary School recognized their gratitude and appreciation of their mothers with the annual Mother’s Day Tea. Through songs, poems and stories, the students thanked their moms and talked about why they are special, expressing their creativity through the presentations. The second-graders, who had been preparing their materials for the past week, created picture frames and books, which featured a variety of written work, for their guests. Students and parents were also able to share breakfast together in celebration of Mother’s Day.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for students to spend the week preparing songs, stories and some original work that helps them understand how much work their mothers do and how hard it is to be a mom,” said Principal Nomi Rosen. “I think it really makes them feel a special empathy and appreciation for their moms.”
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