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Friendly Messages Shared on Valentine’s Day

Keeping with this month’s character education theme of friendship, and in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Cherry Lane students wrote friendly valentine messages to one another, their teachers and school staff members. Pictured are some students “caught” in the act of placing their messages in the school valentine mailbox, which was located in the school lobby. On Valentine’s Day, everyone opened his or her messages, providing a special feeling of warmth on an otherwise chilly mid-February winter’s day.

Celebrating 100 Days


Cherry Lane School celebrated the 100th day of school on Feb. 13 with a host of fun, educational activities to keep students counting and cognizant of the number 100.

In the school gymnasium, Principal Susan Folkson led a fun, celebratory rally that included physical education teacher Conor Reardon leading students in various exercises, which they performed in sets of 10 leading up to 100. In classrooms, students participated in various mathematical activities centering on the number 100, including counting, graphing and measuring. They also made various creations using 100 parts or objects. 

Second-graders in Mary Donnelly’s class counted and sorted coins they earned for doing chores at home. Parents pledged to award each student 100 coins for their hard work, which they in turn are donating to Chris Pendergast’s Ride for Life, which benefits amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research and support.

Ringing in the Lunar New Year

Ringing in the Lunar New Year photo

Cherry Lane students celebrated the Lunar New Year in grand fashion! In social studies, children learned about the different family cultural traditions. They also wore red, created noisemakers and enjoyed a Lunar New Year parade, as kindergarteners proudly marched through the halls displaying a traditional dragon and signs. Some also played their drums.


Showing Our Veterans We Care

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Students at Cherry Lane School made Valentine’s cards for veterans to thank them for their service to our country.  The Valentines for Veterans program is a Nassau County tradition for which thousands of valentines are collected from children and distributed to veterans in hospitals and nursing homes. Great job!

Author Inspires Students to Be Imaginative

Author Inspires Students to Be Imaginative photo

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

Raising Awareness, Funding and Hope photo
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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.

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