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The Westbury Times - Schools

Carle Place Seniors Host ‘Cocoa and Cram’

Carle Place High School senior class officers recently decided to pay it forward by hosting a “cocoa and cram” study session. Student-leaders tutored more than 100 seventh and eighth grade students utilizing teacher-provided materials. Hot cocoa was served and enjoyed as students prepared for midterm examinations. A game of “Jeopardy!,” which was led and created by senior class president Rachael Martines, made for a unique, interactive learning experience.


“It was important to me to participate in cocoa and cram because it was something the seniors did for me when I was in seventh grade,” said Martines. “As the role models of the school, it was our turn to give back and return the favor.” 


The session provided a comfortable and inviting forum where students could not only study together, but also learn about building a spirit of community. “It was amazing to see everyone come together,” said Martines. “Everyone truly exemplified compassion and passion and I am thankful for this experience.”


Martines was joined by senior class officers Alessandra Varrassi, vice president, Maria Hyland, secretary, Timothy Leung, treasurer, and Danielle Grieco, class representative in putting on the event. 


— From the Carle Place School District