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Monday, December 22, 2014
School News
A time for giving in high school district
By Brian Croce
Courtesy Chris Engelhardt/Syntax
Members of the World of Difference and Students Against Destructive Decisions clubs at Memorial Junior High, joined by Coreen Kelly-Johnson, second from right, an adviser for both clubs, collected items for the school’s annual toy drive this Christmas season.

Throughout the school year, students from each of the Valley Stream Central High School District’s four schools reach out to the local community to lend a helping hand. This holiday season, the Herald wanted to share what some of these students are working on.

Typhoon relief at Central
Central High School junior Randi Ruderman was worried about friends and family as she watched news coverage of the massive typhoon that hit the Philippines in November. Ruderman’s mother was born there, so once she knew her loved ones were safe, she decided to do something to help those in need.

Soon after the typhoon, she went to her statistics teacher, Christine Costa, with an idea to sell bracelets as a way to raise money. Ruderman then went to Principal Dr. Joseph Pompilio and Assistant Principal Robert Milani, and they were quickly on board.

She ordered 300 bracelets with a “VSC TYPHOON RELIEF” inscription and sells them for $1 each. So far, Ruderman has sold more than 100 bracelets, with the help of the Class of 2015. She plan to continue to sell the bracelets in the coming months because she knows that people will still be in need for a long time. “Being on Long Island,” she said, “I think the majority of us know how it feels to be impacted by a natural disaster.”
When the time comes, she plans on donating the money to the Salvation Army.

South students spread cheer at Green Acres Senior Center

This week, South High School students in the Key Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society and choir walked to the nearby Green Acres Senior Center to spread some holiday cheer, eat some pizza and play bingo with the seniors.

Guidance Counselor Patricia Antonelli said students have made this an annual December tradition for about 10 years and are eager to go. Because she can only take a limited number of students, they are asked to volunteer in advance.

The visit was scheduled to last for nearly three hours and Antonelli called it a “win-win” for both the seniors and the students in grades seven to 12.

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