Schools: Signing to Sing; Gillies Donation

South Huntington SEPTA hosted a holiday sign-along, with the audience learning to sign the words to holiday songs. Participants learned greetings in American Sign Language 

Gillies Donation

The Clark Gillies Foundation recently donated $50,000 to The School House in East Northport.  The gift will fund eight scholarships to the private school.


Leadership Conference

Elwood-John H. Glenn High School student leaders recently attended the annual Compassion Without Borders Student Leadership Conference,
sponsored by the Suffolk County Principals Association and hosted this year by Half
Hollow Hills East High School.

The event provides young leaders a chance to network with their peers from across Suffolk County and learn from other students through leadership activities.

Career Prep

Oldfield Middle School students in teacher Andrew Fenter’s Career Pathways to Success
class which focuses on career exploration through experiential learning, recently worked to develop menus for their original food truck businesses.
“This activity provides my students the chance to experience what it takes to start
your own business,” Fenter said. “They created menus not only to inform, but to catch the
eyes of their customers.”

Volunteer Scholarship

Bragoli & Associates, a Melville personal injury law firm, has named Emily Meyer, a North Babylon High School student, as the winner of the Bragoli & Associates $1,000 Volunteer Scholarship 2023.

The award celebrates Emily’s  commitment to volunteerism and her creation of the Emily Meyer Foundation, an organization catering to children with illness, special needs, or those dealing with emergency housing situations due to homelessness or displacement. As a child, Emily suffered a nearly fatal allergic reaction on Christmas Eve. During her
stay, she received a bag of toys from the hospital’s Child Life department. The department insisted on spreading holiday cheer to patients, and this gesture prompted Emily to follow suit the next year.

Scholarship Awarded

Jaden Dancy, of Huntington Station has received a partial scholarship to Rochester Institute of Technology to pursue performing arts in instrumental music.

Dancy , a gradute of Walt Whitman High School, is a first-year student in the Game Design and Development BS program.

Since 2019, more than 1,800 RIT students have received Performing Arts Scholarships, renewable for up to five years, as long as the students stay involved in performing arts. The students come from each of RIT’s nine colleges, with the majority from engineering and computer sciences.

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