Local students participate in Colonial musical performance, a foundation donates to families in need, Huntington musicians to perform at the Long Island String Festival and more.
Half Hollow Hills Receives Gift To Benefit Local Families In Need
The Half Hollow Hills Central School District recently received a $6,000 donation from the Tom Collins / Chris Panatier 9/11 Memorial Foundation to be used for the Half Hollow Hills – Helping Our Own program. This is the 15th year the foundation has made a donation to the district, bringing their total support to $106,000.
The funds received by Helping Our Own, a partnership between the district and the REACH-Community Youth Agency (CYA), are used to support district residents and employees with financial, psychological or educational assistance in times of crisis.
“Our district is so thankful for this generous donation from the TCCP Memorial Foundation, which is used during the holiday season to benefit students and families in our school community who are in need,” said Dr. Patrick Harrigan, superintendent of schools in Half Hollow Hills. “Their crucial funding truly brings smiles to the faces of those who are less fortunate, and honors Tom and Chris’s memory in a very special way.”
Tom Collins and Chris Panatier, who the TCCP Memorial Foundation is named for, were graduates of the Half Hollow Hills High School East class of 1983 who lost their lives during the 9/11 attacks. The foundation was founded in 2003 by friends of Tom and Chris as a means to give back to the community where they all first became friends.
“We are trying to keep the legacy alive of these two great men by giving back to community that meant so much to them,” said Matt Lulley, board member of the TCCP Memorial Foundation and a district resident.
To learn more about the Tom Collins / Chris Panatier 9/11 Memorial Foundation or to make a donation, please visit http://www.tccpmemorialfoundation.org/donate.
Colonial Day Final Musical Performance at Cold Spring Harbor School District
Huntington Musicians Tapped for LI String Festival
Twelve Huntington School District musicians were invited to perform at the Long Island String Festival during elite concerts in Hauppauge and West Islip.
Among the festival musicians were Woodhull Intermediate School fifth graders Grayson Dunn (violin II) and Grace Oliva (cello) and sixth grader Nina Fascilla (cello); Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School fifth grader Mia Johnson (violin II) and sixth grader Liva Camarata (violin II) J. Taylor Finley Middle School eighth grader Charles Siepel (cello); Huntington High School freshmen Allison Quinn (violin I) and Erin Ye (cello), sophomores Ella Siepel (viola) and Grace Wildermuth (bass) and juniors Keenan Lyons (violin I) and Kyle Perea (bass).
The sixth grade orchestra will perform on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. at Hauppauge High School. The fifth, seventh and eighth grade orchestras will take the stage on Sunday, January 27 at 1 pm. at Hauppauge High School. The high school orchestra concert is set for Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip.
Students participate in an Hour of Code at Washington Primary School
Washington Primary School students participated in an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, which ran through Dec. 11.
Students worked with math teacher Christine Lofaro and teacher assistant Angela Sementilli during their technology period in the library. The youngsters participated in two coding stations: “Hopscotch Coding” and a grade appropriate coding program from Hour of Code.
“Hopscotch coding is designed to have the students use body movements to travel through a coding sequence,” said Lofaro. “The students who went through the hopscotch coding sequence had a terrific time practicing coding while engaging in fun physical movements.”
Emerging leaders in Harborfields recognized at BOE meeting
At the Dec. 19 meeting, the Harborfields Central School District’s Board of Education and administration honored students who placed in a recent business competition.
Three hundred from across Long Island participated in the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Emerging Leaders Business Competition for 2018. Four of the winners; Hannah Proce, Katie Kennedy, Patrick Wilson and Wade Leskody.
According to it’s website, the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce engages high school students in the Long Island community and enhances their leadership skills in a professional environment. The group attended the conference with adviser, Alison Matthews.