Glen Cove Board Celebrates Students’ Achievements

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Glen Cove High School students Isabel Blas, Arlene Cajavilca, Latifa Fahkry, Fernanda Falcon, Kayleen Mesa and Fernando Portillo were honored by the Board of Education at the April 20 meeting for their recent success in the Spark! Challenge.
The challenge, a collaboration with Northwell Health Systems and local high schools, exposes students to diverse career paths and ignites their interest in health-related STEM professions. The Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors students took part in a shadow day at the Acute Rehabilitation Center at Glen Cove Hospital and created a presentation based on what they learned. The students were honored with a presentation award and $3,000 monetary award at the Spark! Challenge. 

After watching a short video from the event, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Maria Rianna and Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors teacher Fran Krisch congratulated the students.

“They made us so proud,” Krisch said. “When they did their presentation they were so professional, so bright. Just our best. I couldn’t be prouder.”    

The students were presented with certificates of recognition, as were Mrs. Krisch and Glen Cove High School Assistant Principal Alexa Doeschner, for assisting the students throughout the process.   

Family Impact Forum

The Glen Cove School District, in conjunction with the Northeast Superintendent Quadrant, presents a “Family Impact Forum” - May 24 at the Jericho HS Auditorium

“The Teen Brain and the Art of Healthy Parenting” Keynote: by Dr. Stephen Dewey

Please join us!

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Landing K-Kids Raise Money for Basketball Rims

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The Landing School K-Kids, led by Mrs. Margaret Clark and Mrs. Amy Mendrinos, held a Pen and Pencil sale to raise money to purchase two outdoor basketball rims for the school playground.  

Physical education teacher Ms. Karen Serani spoke to the K-Kid advisors about doing a fundraiser for the rims. Students purchased various school supplies, which they can use in their daily routines at school and at home while also benefiting their beloved playground. The K-Kids were in charge of supervising the sale and keeping track of the inventory, as well as being able to make change, all of which are life skills, which will help them in their future career goals.  

The two rims were purchased with the proceeds of the sale and were installed in April. Many thanks to Mr. Anthony Grazioso, Mr. Dennis Basile and Mr. James Abercrombie, for relining the basketball court and making the playground safe and beautiful. In addition, the K-Kids raised $380 for the American Heart Association during Landing School’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser.

DATE CHANGE - MEET THE CANDIDATES NIGHT - rescheduled for May 4th - MS Library - 7 pm

Connolly Students Raise Awareness for Autism

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Connolly School’s K-Kids organized a fundraiser for the charitable organization Autism Speaks in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.

To raise funds, students sold multicolored bracelets that read, We Stand Together” to fellow students and teachers. They also encouraged the school community to wear blue in honor of Light it Up Blue day.

Prior to the sale, students created posters to promote the sale, they also made announcements via the school’s public address system. Due to the overwhelming, generous response to the sale, K-Kids adviser Krystle Gonzalez indicated that more bracelets would be purchased to fill requests. To-date, the K-Kids raised more than $300 for Autism Speaks, with donations still coming in.   

Landing Raises Money for the American Heart Association

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More than 133 Landing Elementary School students raised $8,635 during the school’s Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, which benefited the American Heart Association. The school kicks off the annual fundraiser every February during American Heart Month.

Through the program, students secure donations to jump rope during their physical education class, to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the organization. Students were encouraged to raise online donations and gathered a total of 56, raising an astounding $5,816.55. The other donations were collected before school began. Robin Tenke’s third-grade class raised $1519 — the most ever collected by one class. Many thanks to computer monitor Michele Muzante for her generous donation and for collating and counting the donations every morning throughout the fundraiser.

Every student who raised money received an instant American Heart Association lanyard and zoo animal and was placed on the school’s “Zoo Crew Team” poster. If you visit Landing School, please drop by to visualize this incredible sight.

Physical education teacher Karen Serani extended her gratitude to all of the Landing families who participated, and their neighbors and friends who graciously donated.   

“Each year, we are thankful and appreciative of the incredible support throughout this fundraiser to help those less fortunate than ourselves,” Serani said.

Congratulations to Maddy Kaffl, who raised a school high of $775. Other top jumpers who raised more than $200 included: Arden Jimenez - $620, Olivia Bifone - $420, Christopher Bonilla - $275, Jaden Aguilar - $260, Lola Pagan - $250, Jonathan Patino - $245, Joseph Leftwich - $245 and Daniel Hernandez - $200.

Spring Concert and Visual Art Show at Deasy

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Deasy School students took the stage for the school’s annual spring concert and visual arts show on April 5.

The show began with music teacher Joy Sullivan leading students in all grades in singing, “We Are a Rainbow” and “True Colors.” Art teacher Jean Bennardo coordinated the art curriculum with the songs performed at the concert.

Kindergarten students created beautiful artwork for the cover of the program, which demonstrated their recent exploration of blending colors to create energetic abstract paintings and showcase their talents. Students made two paintings, one to grace the program cover, and the other to display and take home.

The room was decorated with student artwork, including stunning red poppies created by kindergarten students as part of their study of flowers painted by artist Georgia O'Keeffe. In addition, first-graders painted portraits of oranges, as they explored artist Paul Klee and his use of shapes and second-graders painted beautiful yellow sunflowers in the style of Vincent Van Gogh.

Other art creations included happy little bugs catching frogs, made by first-graders to illustrate their song, “Five Green and Speckled Frogs,” and serious self portraits in tones of blue and purple people eaters created by second-grade students.

Finley Students Attend WE Day

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Finley students had the unique opportunity to attend WE Day at Rockefeller Center in New York City on April 6.

WE Day brings together world-renowned speakers and award-winning performers with tens of thousands of young people to celebrate their contributions and kick-start another year of change.

Finley students were invited to attend the event thanks to their school’s collaboration with international charity and educational partner WE Free the Children. As part of that relationship, members of the school’s Kiwanis Builders Club, National Junior Honor Society and Student Council, created a food pantry at the school to assist Glen Cove families in need. They also raised enough funds to feed 10 children lunch for a year in Sierra Leone, Africa.

At WE Day, students heard from former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Mia Farrow, Martin Luther King III and many others. The students enjoyed an unforgettable experience.

Board Honors Research Students

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The Board of Education recognized the efforts of Finley Middle School’s eighth-grade research students during their meeting on April 3 at Connolly School.

The students, under the direction of teacher Heather Methven, participated in National History Day, a yearlong academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression. They recently presented their individual research at a competition held at Hofstra University.

During the meeting, the students shared what they learned during their research, which encompassed a wide range of topics, including Jonas Salk, The National Parks Service, Roe vs. Wade, Ruby Bridges, Sally Ride and Adolph Hitler. They also had an opportunity to share their project presentations with those in attendance.

Members of the board and Superintendent Dr. Maria Rianna commended the students on their exemplary work.      

Honors for Glen Cove’s Music Department

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For the second consecutive year, the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation has recognized the Glen Cove City School District as one of 527 Best Communities for Music Education across the nation. This honor recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who work together to ensure access to music learning for all students as part of the school curriculum. Congratulations Glen Cove!

Select Chorale Performs with College Universities

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Glen Cove High School’s Select Chorale had an opportunity to work and perform with choirs from major universities over a two-week period.
The group hosted Syracuse University at Glen Cove High School. They also traveled to Westminster Choir College and the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College for high school choral festivals. The Select Chorale performed for their peers and had an opportunity to play alongside other high school choirs and college ensembles from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

According to Choral Director Ed Norris, several of the professors and directors from these prestigious musical facilities were blown away by the talent of the Glen Cove students.

Deasy School Recognizes Autism Awareness Month

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Integrated co-teachers Katie Drennan and Susan Seltzer rallied the staff at Deasy School to become more aware and knowledgeable of the developmental disorder of autism by sharing some informative websites, books about children with autism and facts about the disorder in simple terms to teach to their students.

Staff members wore blue on April 3rd for Light it up Blue Day. They will also celebrate throughout the month by wearing Autism Awareness shirts on Fridays and doing some simple activities with their students. Drennan’s and Seltzer’s hope is that they will help students and staff of Deasy School to become more aware of the effects of autism and how they can best support their friends and schoolmates who have it. 

“Awareness is the first step to understanding” both teachers said, so “Light it up Blue” all month long.

Glen Cove Student-Musicians Perform at Tilles Center

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Glen Cove High School senior Nicholas Scarmato (tuba) and freshman Michele D’Ambrosio (alto saxophone) participated in the Tilles Festival Band at the 2017 LIU Post Band Festival held on March 31 through April 2.  

Nicholas and Michele were selected based on their fine musicianship skills and performed alongside the LIU Post Wind Symphony, as well as select high school musicians from 32 high schools across Long Island. Congratulations!   

National Nutrition Month at Gribbin

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In celebration of National Nutrition Month, Matthew Millan, a first-grader in Antoinette Hatzopoulos' class, was excited to have his mom give a hands-on nutrition lesson to his classmates.

Sharon Millan, a registered dietician, taught students about a colorful food plate and making healthy choices. The students then chose items from each food group to create their own healthy plate. Best of all, they ate everything.  

Some of their choices included turkey, peanut butter, apples, pears, carrots, peppers, cucumbers and bread sticks.  They also used circulars and created a meal by cutting out pictures that represented food from each food group. 

After the visit with Mrs. Millan, students headed off to physical education class with Mr. Mark Checola, where they learned about having a healthy heart by eating nutritious foods and getting regular exercise. 

The students expressed their thoughts by writing thank you letters to Mrs. Millan.


Glen Cove Students Attend STEP Conference

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Glen Cove High School students on the research team at the STEP NYIT Program attended the 19th annual STEP Statewide Student Conference in Albany from March 24-26.

Latifah Fakhry, Fernanda Falcon, Joshua Filippone, Melvin Lopez, Lucretia Smith and Nicole Vasquez attended a variety of workshops before presenting their posters at the competition. The workshops included financial wellness, bullying, the importance of goal setting, careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and technology and coding. All the workshops were interactive and provided opportunities for the Glen Cove students to work with students from other schools in New York State to create vision boards and network. Additionally, they were able to attend a college fair.

Lopez was chosen as student ambassador and had the opportunity to attend a different set of leadership workshops, in addition to helping with the process of the conference set-up and the college fair. The students had an amazing time learning new things, meeting new people and presenting their research findings at the poster competition.

Glen Cove Students Attend Diversity Summit


Fourteen Glen Cove High School students in NYIT’s STEP program took part in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Diversity Summit at Farmingdale State College on March 17.

Four students entered the poster/research competition while the others attended workshops on mindfulness and business savvy with a focus on the different types of communication styles.

The students also had the opportunity to tour the Zspace van, learn about the planets in the Vanderbilt Museum van, speak to a paramedic and view the inside of an ambulance. Additionally, the school’s robotics team captain showed other students the robot created by the STEP team as well as the tricks it can perform.

Glen Cove High School Honors Students of the Month

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Glen Cove High School is proud to announce its Students of the Month for December, January and February. The students are recognized by grade level for their hard work and achievements. In addition, the Glen Cove Rotary Club and local Knights of Columbus chapter each named their own student of the month.

The Students of the Month for December were Julie Micko (Rotary); Deborah Mendez (Knights of Columbus); freshmen Trinity Guzman and Emmanuel Jimenez; sophomores Jessica Alvarenga and Jonathan Escobar; juniors Sebastian Jasinski and Brendan Owens; and senior Matthew Arena.
The Students of the Month for January were Shelbie Farnan (Rotary); Isabel Blas (Knights of Columbus); freshmen Michael Corwin and Zakarah Hargrove; sophomores Yanira Acosta Yanes and Miguel Hernandez Flores; juniors Eduardo Mancia and Spyridon Markoulis; and seniors Angela Anastassov and Luis Garcia.
The Students of the Month for February were Alyssa Zangari (Rotary); Jason Ventura (Knights of Columbus); freshmen Megan Battaglia and Gabriela Fernandez; sophomores Ana Flores Garcia and Neshauna Kawall; juniors Marleny Flores Garcia and Paula Hernandez; and seniors Tamara Gitlin and Amara Phillip.

Principal Antonio Santana and the entire administration congratulate the students on their academic achievements.

Hip Pickles Visits Finley

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The award-winning musical group Hip Pickles entertained students at Finley Middle School on March 24. The performance was made possible thanks to the generosity of the PTA’s cultural arts committee. The students had a wonderful time, with many of them experiencing playing a variety of instruments as part of the show. Principal Nelson Iocolano expressed his gratitude to the PTA for making this event possible.

Glen Cove Seniors Place First in Journalism Competition

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Glen Cove High School seniors Samantha Barry and Tamara Gitlin placed first in Best Art Review and Best Opinion Piece, respectively, at the annual Press Day and Quill Awards ceremony held at Adelphi University on March 22. These writing categories demonstrate the strength of Glen Cove’s English Language Arts curriculum and its award-winning newspaper club. 
According to the club’s journalism adviser Arlene Munson, Tamara’s timely piece (Fake News –What’s Real or Not?) presented a well-structured opinion on how technology may be changing our perceptions of reality. Samantha’s review of the J.K. Rowling’s movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” provided unique insights into the author’s world of witchcraft and wizardry.
More than 300 high school students were in attendance and out of 14 award categories, Glen Cove garnered the top award in two of them. Congratulations! 

Glen Cove High School Students Prepare for Spark! Challenge

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Six Glen Cove High School students participated in the Spark! Challenge shadow day, a collaboration between Northwell Health Systems and local high schools to expose students to diverse career paths and ignite their interest in health-related STEM professions.

As part of the program, the students had the opportunity to participate in a shadow day of the Acute Rehabilitation Center at Glen Cove Hospital. Teacher Mrs. Fran Krisch accompanied students in the Human Anatomy and Physiology Honors class. With collaboration from Media Communications teacher Mr. Christopher Barry and his TV Production program students, the science students will prepare a two-minute presentation and participate in the Spark! Challenge contest where they will showcase their experience at the Spark! Challenge on April 6, making them eligible to win up to $2,000 toward a field trip of their choice.  
Principal Antonio Santana, assistant principals Alexa Doeschner and Allen Hudson are excited and incredibly proud to have students compete with high schools from across New York City and Long Island. Please stay tuned for updates and pictures from our upcoming Spark! Challenge event. 

Finley Research III Students Participate in National History Day

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A dozen eighth-grade research students from Finley Middle School had the opportunity to participate in this year’s National History Day on March 19, a yearlong academic program focused on historical research, interpretation and creative expression for students in grades 6-12.
This year’s theme, “Taking a Stand in History,” prompted students to research various historical figures ranging from Dian Fossey to Ruby Bridges, to Mikhail Baryshnikov. Students presented their work through one of five mediums: exhibit, website, documentary, performance or historical paper. 

Finley is proud to have had two students bring home three separate awards. Sarah Israel was awarded outstanding junior entry in the History of Science for her use of primary sources in the creation of her exhibit on Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine, and Liam Dall was honored with outstanding junior entry in American History and Preservation and Conservation from the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society for his working 3-D exhibit on the National Parks Service. 

Finley Middle School is proud of all of their students for participating in such a prestigious and nationally recognized competition. Students will showcase their work at an upcoming Board of Education meeting. Congratulations on a job well done!

Glen Cove Senior Wins Mathematics Scholarship

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Glen Cove High School senior Jessica Bellomo was one of five islandwide winners of the 2017 Dr. Jong Pil Lee Memorial Scholarship.

The $1,500 scholarship is given to students who are planning to major in mathematics at an accredited college or university. Jessica submitted an essay describing her intended pursuit of the study of mathematics along with her involvement and love for the subject. She named her high school mathematics teacher Mr. Frank Curatolo, as the educator she was most influenced by.  

Congratulations to Jessica and Mr. Curatolo for a well-deserved recognition!

A Message from the Superintendent regarding NY State Testing - Grades 3-8


Deasy First-Graders Interview Community Helpers

Deasy First-Graders Interview Community Helpers

First-graders at Deasy School are taking part in a research project with their classroom teachers and STEAM teacher Jessica McKenna.

The focus of the student’s research is community helpers, which ties into the school’s social studies curriculum. Each student was tasked with selecting a community helper to research, including firefighters, doctors, police officers, construction workers, veterinarians, farmers, dentists and astronauts.

To assist students with their research, the teachers orchestrated meetings with professionals in those specific fields for students to interview. The first-graders came up with questions to ask their interview subjects prior to the meeting and were eager to have those questions answered when the professionals arrived.

The students’ questions focused on a multitude of topics, including the education needed to secure a specific career and the responsibilities that they perform in their professions.

Book Fairies at Gribbin

Book Fairies at Gribbin
Gribbin students demonstrated what it means to be compassionate and generous by donating hundreds of their gently used books to The Book Fairies, a charitable organization that collects reading materials for people in need throughout the metropolitan area.  

The school’s site committee organized an assembly with Lily Hoffman, a Finley Middle School student and Book Fairies volunteer and a Book Fairies coordinator to educate the elementary students on the organization’s mission. They embarked on the initiative to reinforce compassion, caring and empathy amongst the school community.

Student-Artists Featured at All-County Exhibit

Student-Artists Featured at All-County Exhibit
Twenty-one district students were selected to have their artwork exhibited at the Art Supervisor’s Association’s 13th annual Nassau All-County Art Exhibition at SUNY Farmingdale on March 12. Senior Yenifer Molina was this year’s scholarship recipient for Glen Cove High School. Congratulations to all of the students and teachers for a job well done. The following students exhibited in the event:

Mikailia Ayala
Kaelyn Bonilla
Chloe Cedeno
Elizabeth Chavez
Veronica Cruz
Mackenzie Edwards
Gabriela Fuentes-Escobar
Salvatore Guastella
Madison Kaffl
Ellie Knobel
Isabella Linares
Yenifer Molina
Natalia Monsale
Brian Mullen
Alexandra Pascucci
Lila Santamaria
Elvis Santos
Yllka Valdez
Carla Vazquez-Jimenez
Taha Waly
Brian Yun

Regent Tilles Visits Glen Cove

Regent Tilles Visits Glen Cove

Elementary students demonstrated what they’re learning in class when the district welcomed New York State Regent Roger Tilles on March 7.

Regent Tilles began his visit with students from Amy Mendrinos’ fourth-grade class at Landing School. During their meeting, Regent Tilles read his favorite book “Little Hummingbird,” as well as a variety of poems to the students. They also enjoyed discussing different literary devices used in poems and had an opportunity to ask Regent Tilles questions about his role on the Regents Board. The students presented their guest with a book of poems they penned as part of their classroom learning. Fifth-grade STEAM students at Landing were also visited and showed off the school’s new virtual sandbox as they took part in a lesson on topography.

The next stop was Gribbin School, where Regent Tilles had an opportunity to see second-grade students from Giselle Taylor’s class present their Extreme Weather research. Students, with help from Taylor and STEAM teacher Jessica McKenna, created digital books using the app Book Creator. The educators and students also explained their use of the app Seesaw, which allows them to share their schoolwork with classmates as well as their families.

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Dr. Michael Israel accompanied Regent Tilles.

“This visit was such a wonderful display of what the district has to offer,” Dr. Israel said. “Our students did an excellent job in showcasing their many talents and strong desire to learn under the watchful eye and leadership of our dedicated teachers.”

Read Across America Day at Connolly


Connolly students in Susan Gielbeda’s, Nancy Gorman’s and Kathleen Madigan’s classes participated in Read Across America Week and celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2.

First, the students listened to a read aloud of “Bartholomew and the Oobleck,” while enjoying green eggs. They then completed a science project creating oobleck of their own using water, corn starch and food coloring. They tested various materials to see if they would float or sink and everyone was excited to see the oobleck show properties of both solids and liquids.

At the conclusion of the celebration, the students broke into groups to read some of Dr. Seuss' most popular stories. They enjoyed the activities and were happy to work as a team.

Sixth-Grade Students Create iPad Tutorials

Sixth-Grade Students Create iPad Tutorials
Students on the Finley Middle School Technology Committee along with Nancy Cox, elementary educational technology specialist, presented three tutorial videos they created to the Board of Education on Feb. 27.

The videos were for several apps that middle school students are currently using on their iPads. The committee members scripted each video, which provide instruction for Notability, Google Classroom and Google Classroom to Notability and Back to Classroom. They also provided the voiceovers and demonstrated the technology.
The videos were created to help students, parents and anyone wanting to know how to better navigate these iPad apps. They can be accessed on the district’s website by searching Instructional Technology.

Finley Students Reflect on Diversity

Finley Students Reflect on Diversity

Eighth-grade students at Finley Middle School celebrated Black History Month with a workshop led by Tracy Garrison-Feinberg of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.

During the two-day event, which was organized by social studies teachers Meredith Murolo and Danielle Treder, students were introduced to the study of Black History Month and listened closely as Garrison-Feinberg recited George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From.” They then wrote a poem involving the origin of their name. The activity provided them an opportunity to reflect on diversity and cultural awareness as they pondered the question, “What makes me, me?”

Throughout the event, students continued exploring topics of black history, tolerance and culture awareness. As part of the workshop, they viewed the film, “Should Black History Be: More Than a Month?” and took part in a thoughtful discussion on what they learned. They also reviewed quotes from famous African-Americans and reflected on how those quotes still resonate today. Using the quotes and their own reflections, the students traced their hands, which serve as leaves on a 10-ft. tree, which was created by the school’s art teachers Michelle McLaughlin and Torrie Zimmerman.

Research Projects Showcased at Deasy PTA Meeting

Research Projects Showcased at Deasy PTA Meeting

With the help of STEAM teacher Jessica McKenna and their second-grade teachers, Deasy students have been learning how to conduct research. Each class focused on a select type of professions or careers, such as inventors, explorers, business leaders, athletes, history makers and authors, to research specific individuals within those categories.

The students learned how to access internet databases such as PebbleGo and Abdo Zoom. They also learned how to take notes and used them to create sentences. The classroom teachers then taught them how to create paragraphs with their sentences. The project ended with the students displaying the information they learned with either a poster, mural or digital book.

One group from each second-grade class was selected to share their presentations at the February PTA meeting. Principal Melanie Arfman, Mrs. McKenna and the grade two teachers supported and assisted the students at the meeting to successfully showcase their projects.

Kiwanis Honors Finley’s Builders Club

Members of Finley’s Kiwanis Builders Club, Student Council and National Junior Honor Society were recognized by the Kiwanis Club for their efforts in creating and maintaining the school’s food pantry.
The food pantry, which opened in April 2016, provides assistance to Glen Cove families in need. Kathy Levinson, Lt. Governor of Long Island North Division of Kiwanis, recognized the students after learning of their efforts from past Lt. Governor Phyllis Burnett.
“I was really moved by what I heard because it takes a lot to realize that other people are suffering and needing something especially when you are as busy as you are,” Lt. Governor Levinson said to the students. “You all realized that you had friends at school who maybe weren’t eating over the weekend, who maybe were hungry and you did something about it. I think it’s tremendously kind and on behalf of Kiwanis, we really appreciate your hearts and your kindness, you are really doing a wonderful thing.”   

Finley’s food pantry is open on Fridays from 3-5 p.m. They are currently seeking donations of personal care items, such as toothbrushes, shampoo and feminine products. They are also in need of pasta, sauces, tuna fish, hot and cold cereal, snack items and other nonperishable foods. To make a donation or for more information, call (516) 801-7605.  

Tuesday, April 25, 2017