Schools: Good Deeds, Math Teachers Recognized

Samaritan’s Purse

‘Operation Christmas Child’

Members of Elwood-John H. Glenn High School’s World Language Honor Society and International Club assembled holiday-decorated shoeboxes for “Operation Christmas Child.”

Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization whose mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items and school supplies for the holidays. The gifts are shipped to families outside of the United States to help bring joy to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease, in addition to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.

Items were donated from students in Nicole Correia’s American Sign Language and Nicole Gendjoian’s Spanish classes, as well as members of the World Language Honor Society.

Students donated 35 shoeboxes this year.

Huntington Students Restock Food Shelves

A group of two dozen Huntington High School students joined with other teenagers and local Rotary Club members to help restock the Community Food Council’s shelves and replenish the St. Hugh’s food banks stocks on non-perishable items just in time for Thanksgiving Day for hungry families.

Huntington High School seniors Anna Wickey and Jennifer Low co-chaired the initiative, which included volunteers from a variety of high school clubs as well as a contingent from the St. John’s youth group and the Rotary Club.

The group from Huntington High School included Aidan Franznick, Matthew Colavecchio, Mikah Schuler, Stephanie Wickey, Patrick Langton, Matthew Genarelli, Niurca Chalda Leon, Nate Deegan, Justin Stevens, Casey Coleman, Charlotte Maggio, Gigi Devoe, Isabella Algieri, Tess Stanley, Amanda Fitton, Ryan Fitton, Alex Frawley, Nathan Soric, Ryan Knowles, Ally Kustera, Sydney Cordeiro, Beanna Cumella, Raymond Cumella, Ryan Williams, Jennifer Low and Anna Wickey.

The volunteers spent hours outside of Southdown Market collecting donated non-perishable food items over the course of the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.

“Over the two days, the group cumulatively collected enough to fill two cars and a large van,” Ms. Wickey said. “Many Huntington High School students participated and many were from clubs such as Interact, National Honor Society, Key Club and Robotics. Additionally, members of the St. John’s youth group and the Rotary Club helped out.”

Math Teachers State-Level Finalists 

Two Commack High School mathematics teachers, Christina Pawlowski and Derek Pope, are state-level finalists for the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) for grades 7-12. Only three finalists are chosen state-wide. The award is one of the most prestigious honors in the nation for teachers, recognizing exemplary teaching and leadership in science and mathematics education.
“Having these two creative, innovative, and dedicated educators chosen as national finalists is a validation of the excellence of our teaching staff,” stated Superintendent Dr. Donald James. “Our goal is prepare students for the future, and Christina and Derek engage our students with innovative lessons so students can easily grasp difficult concepts. We are #CommackProud of these two awesome educators.”
They are both NYS Master Teachers.


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