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Author Inspires Students to Be Imaginative

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Cherry Lane School recently welcomed Kara Stobe, a local author and illustrator who inspired  youngsters to use their imaginations.  K-2 Students learned about one of Kara’s characters, Jenna, who encourages children to create their own world, write their own stories and be the star of their creations. Students even made imagination glasses to help them look and think out of the box, expand their minds and channel their inner creativity.

Raising Awareness, Funding and Hope

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Cherry Lane and Rushmore Avenue schools recently welcomed Chris Pendergast to their schools for informative and inspiring assemblies about awareness and perseverance. Pendergast, a former schoolteacher who 25 years ago was diagnosed with the neurodegenerative disorder ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and given three years to live, met with students to educate them on his disease and share his message of hope. This spring, he plans to embark on his 22nd annual Ride for Life across Long Island to raise money for research and patient services and awareness about the disease.

During his presentation at Rushmore, Pendergast shared a video showing different individuals who live with ALS and photos from his annual ride past Rushmore and Cherry schools, when students displayed signs with inspirational messages as he passed by. 

Pendergast’s visit to Rushmore also served as a kickoff to various student council-led fundraising activities that will take place in the months ahead. Last year Rushmore raised approximately $5,000 and is traditionally one of the top ALS fundraisers among Long Island schools. 

Since beginning his Ride for Life, Pendergast has helped to raise over $1 million for ALS research and services. He will ride again this May and, once again, Carle Place students will cheer him on.


Intergenerational Concert

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Carle Place Middle School/High School once again hosted its annual Intergenerational Concert, a cooperative effort between Cherry Lane music teacher Audrey Wilkins, Rushmore Avenue School music teacher Henry Stanziale, MS/HS chorus teacher Jessica Younker and the Carle Place Senior Center’s Senior Citizen Choir.

The Senior Citizen Choir joined the first-grade chorus from Cherry Lane, the sixth-grade chorus from Rushmore Avenue and the high school Select Chorus for this special event. The respective choral groups took their turns on stage performing holiday and seasonal classics for one another and even collaborated on one special song. 

After the program, senior citizens stayed to mingle with students and friends in the cafeteria.

Holiday Bazaar Teaches Kids to Shop Wisely

Holiday Bazaar Teaches Kids to Shop Wisely photo

At Cherry Lane School, students are practicing financial literacy by authentically shopping for the holiday season!  Parent volunteers from the Cherry Lane PTA organized a Holiday Bazaar to help teach students to shop wisely by staying within a set budget. At the cashier’s table, students exchanged their money for gifts to give to family members and friends.  There will be many happy recipients!

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