Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00
Readers are invited to the Glen Cove Council of PTAs Annual Community Scholarship Fund Sunday Brunch at the NYIT De Seversky Center in Old Westbury. The event will honor Laurent Caballero for dedication, devotion and commitment to the community, schools and children of Glen Cove. It is March 14 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
A contribution of $68 per person is required - all proceeds will benefit the Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund. Respond by March 9, to Tina Braja at 669-5370. The Glen Cove Council of PTAs: Connolly PTA, Glen Cove High School PTSA, Gribbin PTA, K.A. Deasy PTA, Landing PTA, Robert M. Finley Middle School PTA, SEPTA.
The Glen Cove Community Scholarship Fund was founded in 1958, and administers funds in the form of scholarships which are awarded annually to deserving Glen Cove High School Seniors.
In 1964, Laurent’s family emigrated from Costa Rica to the United States. She was enrolled at the Glen Cove Middle School and graduated from high school in 1969. Laurent met her husband, Albert Caballero, in 1965 and they have been married for 40 years. Albert retired after working 38 years for the Glen Cove School District.
Laurent and Albert have two beautiful daughters. Sandra and Cynthia. Sandra is married to Bruce Buehre and is a third-grade teacher at Connolly School. She has two boys, Jared (10) and Tyler (8), who attend the Glen Cove Schools. Cynthia is currently working for a New TV channel created by Verizon FiOS TV as the traffic director.
Laurent began volunteering at Landing School when her daughter, Sandra, was entering kindergarten. The principal, George Priest, liked the way that Laurent worked with young children and offered her a position as a kindergarten aide. This was the beginning of her career in education. Laurent worked at Landing School until the schools were rezoned and then continued at Deasy School.
In 2001, Laurent began working for the Glen Cove Citizens Committee Against Substance Abuse (GCCCASA), now known as S.A.F.E., who sponsored and implemented the Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP). Through her work in this program, Laurent realized that there were many families in the community who did not have every day necessities. This was the beginning of her mission to help the residents of Glen Cove. At Deasy School, she began asking the teachers and staff if they had any clothing or other items such as furniture, bathroom and kitchen supplies that they could donate to these families. Without hesitation, many of them were happy to help.
In her spare time, Laurent enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren. She loves to fill up her home with family and friends. And when she is able, Laurent’s favorite pastime is to work in her garden, or sit there in the early summer mornings with a cup of coffee and feed her koi fish.