Plainedge High School senior Lynne Radar has been selected as a semifinalist in the national Coca-Cola Scholars Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports more than 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships totaling more than $3.4 million. Scholarship recipients typically excel academically and in service to others. Lynne is one of only 2,000 semifinalists. Finalists will be determined based upon their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
Members of the National Honor Society at Plainedge High School held a food drive throughout November for nonperishable food items. In total, the club collected approximately 1,100 pounds of food to benefit Island Harvest. Members of the NHS are pictured in front of the Island Harvest pickup truck.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Massapequa High School’s C.A.R.E (Cancer Awareness Reaching Everyone) Club teamed up with Salon Fringe of Amityville to raise $750 for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Pink hair extensions were sold to high school students and teachers and all of the money earned went straight to Sloan-Kettering.
“The salon graciously donated their time and skills to help make the fundraiser a success,” said club advisor Patricia McCarthy. “It was wonderful to see so many faculty members and students participate in this cause; even a few males participated.”
Pictured: Massapequa students get pink hair extensions at Salon Fringe in Amityville to raise money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Massapequa students marked national Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 21-25, by celebrating the importance of making good choices and leading healthy, drug-free lives. The annual campaign, sponsored by National Family Partnership, aims to educate students on drug awareness and prevention, as well as support and nurture the full potential of healthy, drug-free youngsters.
At R.J. Lockhart Elementary School, students were given a red ribbon by the PTA and participated in a different anti-drug-themed activity each day for a week, including wearing their clothing backwards for “Turn Your Back on Drugs” Day, wearing crazy socks for “Sock it to Drugs” Day and students wearing hats for “Put a Lid on Drugs” Day. Students also wore the color red and were asked to donate a can of non-perishable food for “I Can Be Drug Free” Day.
Massapequa School District honored veterans and active-duty soldiers with special assemblies and events that brought the meaning of Veterans Day to life.
Tributes studded with America’s heroes, elected officials and school administrators reflected on the sacrifices made by those who served and provided the opportunity to thank them personally.
“When you stop to pay tribute we tend to see veterans as square-jawed, tall, husky, Norman Rockwell people,” said guest speaker Richard Begandy, commander of VFW 7763. “But if you want to see what they look like, look around you. They are your neighbors, they are our folks. We deeply appreciate what they do to maintain America’s freedom.”
The school’s Family and Consumer Science Department, in conjunction with its Child Study course, will once again sponsor a preschool program for district residents.
High school students enrolled in the course have successfully completed the Parenting and Child Development course and are now ready for a hands-on approach to learning, according to Anna Gregg, child study director for the district. The students will plan, prepare and implement interdisciplinary activities within a thematic unit for the preschool students.
Ten Massapequa High School student musicians were recognized for their talent at the state level and will perform in the New York State School Music Association Winter Conference All-State in Rochester, New York, Dec. 5-8. Massapequa is one of only three Nassau County districts selected to send 10 or more students to the All-State concerts.
Freshman students from Massapequa High School-Ames Campus painted their pinky fingers blue to show their support for the nationwide bullying awareness campaign “Gang Up for Good” led by Secret Deodorant.
The pinky project, spearheaded by members of the Ames Chiefs Challenge Club to mark National Bullying Prevention Month, represents students’ commitment to standing up for others and reducing bullying behaviors,” said Katherine Knoepffler, who co-advises the Chief’s Challenge Club with Kim Hession.
Art teacher Dorothy Veltre and librarian Sandy Dorfman teamed up to deliver an interdisciplinary lesson to Fairfield Elementary School students centered on the life lesson in the children’s book, “Ish,” by Peter H. Reynolds.
College student Lucia Rothe trotted her way into the hearts of the abused and neglected animals at H.O.R.S.E of Connecticut this past month. These innocent animals were once tortured and Rothe hopes to raise awareness of that adding to the success of this organization and to put these horses on the road to health.
This past month, Rothe, a North Massapequa resident and graduate of Farmingdale High School, visited H.O.R.S.E. of Connecticut with her public relations class to get a better understanding of the horses. Each student in the class was assigned to a couple of horses at the farm that are up for adoption in which they were able to meet them, take pictures with them and learn a little about their past.
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