Leo’s Club makes it mark
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“We shouldn’t just be dependent on the Lions Club,” said Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, a 10th-grade student at Elmont High School. “We should try and start our own projects. I think it would be really good for us because it will get our name out there.”
Uwamanzu-Nna is secretary of the Leo’s Club and has already taken part in several service projects. She has been with the club since it began. Uwamanzu-Nna said it was an exciting opportunity to get in on the ground floor and help make decisions that will shape the future of the club.
“I thought it would be nice to be part of the legacy,” she said, adding that she also joined to help serve the community and to meet new people. “It’s a really good place for students to spend their time.”
One of her projects was to put together a newsletter highlighting the Leo’s Club activities so far, including the induction ceremony at the Pompei restaurant in June, as well as the various service activities.
Allen said that as the club’s membership and treasury grows, it will be able to support other student organizations. Ideas for fundraisers include a fashion show and a talent show.
“I’m very proud of them,” Allen said of her students. “I’m starting to see talents that I might not ever have seen in the classroom.”
Pastrana said she is still hoping to get more students from Valley Stream’s high schools involved in the Leo’s Club, as the group is open to all teenagers in the community. It meets twice a month at the Valley Stream Park Estates conference room in the Alden Terrace neighborhood of North Valley Stream.
He is also hoping that the Leo’s Club members of today become Lions of tomorrow. “Once they’re 18, they’re no longer Leos,” he said. “We’re hoping they will come to our club.”