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Massapequa Students Named Kids of Distinction

Two Massapequa area high students are among the six local winners selected as “Kids of Distinction” for 2011. Natalie Gramegna and Nora M Reade were both selected for the honor by the organization Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., which established a committee to judge applications.

The winners were announced by Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto and Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc. co-founders Robert A.J. and Philip M. Eslick.

“We have so many exceptional young people living in the town that I’m certain it wasn’t easy selecting just a handful of recipients,” Venditto said. “I thank the committee for their hard work and dedication in designating these fine six individuals.”

“This program is very much geared towards recognizing activities done on a youngster’s own initiative,” Robert Eslick added. “We are recognizing kids who participate in activities for the benefit of their community of neighborhood, outside of school-related activities.”

Here are the brief biographies of both winners.

Natalie Gramegna

Ninth Grade, Massapequa, Massapequa High School

Natalie is a ninth-grade student attending Massapequa High School – Ames Campus. In addition to being an honor student, musician, and dancer, Natalie contributes to the community with a majority of her work centering on helping children in Massapequa.

Natalie has been involved in many aspects of service around the community, including being a teacher’s aide at Young People’s Cultural Arts Workshop; being a member of the Key Club at Massapequa High School, which involves planning coat and toy drives and UNICEF collections; as well as being an aide at Massapequa High Schools Foreign Language Festival, among a litany of other charitable works as well. Natalie has put forth an extensive amount of effort and dedication within the community.

Nora M. Reade

Twelfth Grade, Massapequa Park, Farmingdale High School

Nora has been a positive person and active member in the community since she could walk. As a four-year member of the Lady Dalers Varsity Swimming and Diving Team, Nora started the “Lady Daler Polar Bears” and organizes many ocean dips for worthy causes such as American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Red Cross and NYS Special Olympics.

Nora has also coordinated Farmingdale’s SPLASH (Special Swimming Program for Lifelong Aquatic Safety and Health) program, which is an instructional swim program for children with special needs in the Farmingdale community. Nora has been a part of the American Cancer Society for a very long time. From Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at Jones Beach to Dog-Walk Against Cancer at Eisenhower Park, she has been proactively involved. She was even a co-captain of the Massapequa Relay for Life. Nora is also very fond of American Sign Language (ASL) as a second language. She assists the director of Deaf Ministries for the Diocese of Rockville Centre and attends Sunday Mass in ASL. She has contributed much of her time and effort to supporting the community and watching it flourish.