Good News: Letters of Intent; Pennies for Patients

A look at some of the inspiring headlines from around the region this week.

Seniors at Long Beach High School sign letters of intent.
Seniors at Long Beach High School sign letters of intent.
Here are some of the inspiring stories of the week, where community members sought to help others, or made headlines for their achievements. 

LBHS Seniors Sign Lacrosse Letters of Intent

Long Beach High School seniors Elizabeth Rourke and Melissa Rubin recently signed National Letters of Intent to play Division I lacrosse next year. 

Elizabeth will be attending San Diego State University. A high honor roll student, she is a five-year varsity starter and three-year team captain. Melissa will be attending University of California, Berkeley. She is a two-year team captain, who has played varsity lacrosse for four years. 

Senior Jessica Shreck Commits to Play College Soccer
Long Beach High School senior Jessica Shreck has committed to play Division I soccer at Boston University. An All-County athlete, Jessica has been a varsity player for four years, and has served as team captain for two years. This year she scored four goals and had nine assists, making her tied for third place in Nassau County. The team’s record this season was 5-5-2, making them eligible for the playoffs for the first time in close to 20 years. Equally as successful in the classroom, Jessica is also a high honor roll student.

Pennies for Patients

The Babylon Memorial Grade School Student Council recently coordinated a three-week community service initiative to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

The program, called Pennies for Patients, was a service learning, character education and philanthropy program that afforded students the chance to make a difference by working to provide aid to those fighting blood cancers like leukemia. During the initiative, the students collected monitory donations from family and friends and charted their progress on a school chart. The school surpassed their initial goal of $1,900 by raising $1,915.

Deer Park Fashion Students Create Healing Pillows for Cancer Patients

Thoughtful students in Rita Murphy’s fashion portfolio class at Deer Park High School recently created “healing pillows” for cancer patients. More than 150 handmade pillows were completed, to be delivered to cancer patients at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The idea for the healing pillows came from members of the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club. “The students enjoyed creating them, knowing that they will be put to good use,” said teacher and SADD club adviser Janet Werner.

New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Helps Send Kids to Camp

The New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce Benevolence Committee made a donation to Harbor Child Care to help underwrite the cost of summer camp for some of the children that cannot afford to attend.

Under the direction of Jill Rooney, Harbor Child Care operates seven locations in Nassau County, including New Hyde Park, Sea Cliff, Manhasset, Glen Head, Hempstead, Uniondale and Mineola.


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