Bob Pfizenmayer, or Mr. Pfiz as he is affectionately called by students and fellow teachers, is retiring after 42 years of teaching in the Port Washington School District. He started teaching second grade at Guggenheim in 1971, then moved on to sixth grade at Flower Hill from 1972-79. He’s been teaching at Daly Elementary School since 1979, spending most of his time teaching fourth grade.
Both Pfizenmayer’s parents were remedial reading teachers and he says that that’s what drove him to go into the profession.
What started more than five years ago as an elective course called Democracy In Action at Carrie Weber Middle School in Port Washington has turned into an activist group of students whose lunchtime club, Students Speaking Loud and Proud, is raising awareness to fight the stigma of mental illnesses.
“We believe that mental illness is the last civil rights area our nation needs to address,” says Linda Manzo, chairperson of the history department at Weber, who designed the course and teaches the class.
Most high school students have a difficult time simply studying for finals. Hannah Fagen, of Paul D. Schreiber High School, has been busy helping save lives of babies by preventing birth defects. She serves as the captain for Team Cupid, which aims to raise money to help mothers have a full long-term pregnancy to prevent infant mortality.
For her commitment, she was honored with the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award at North Shore University Hospital. The award is given to students who “give their time and energies and serve the best interests of their communities.”
Ryan Brady, Port Washington resident and a graduating senior at Regis High School, Manhattan, has been named a semifinalist in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The approximately 550 semifinalists were selected from more than 3,900 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character and involvement in community and school activities.
Final selection of the Scholars will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and be announced in late May. The Commission will select one male and one female student from each state. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in various activities held in their honor.
“Everybody Needs a Friend,” a video made by students at Carrie Palmer Weber Middle School in Port Washington, won the $10,000 grand prize in the annual Mutt-i-grees “America Adopts” PSA (public service announcement) contest.
The contest is a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about the availability and desirability of shelter pets—otherwise known as Mutt-i-grees. Students from across the country submitted creative PSAs encouraging Americans to adopt from their local shelter or rescue group.
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