Global School Play Day encourages unstructured learning in classrooms

Global School Play Day is celebrated each year on the first Wednesday in February, and promotes the importance of unstructured play for children in classroom settings.

Compassion for others comes alive on the ice

As a member of the John F. Kennedy High School Community Leadership Program, junior Jayda Levine is one of a select group of students taking part in the three-year program.

Calhoun High School's Racial Equity Club encourages voter pre-registration for young students

Students at Sanford H. Calhoun High School took part in a voter registration event on Jan. 18, organized by the school’s Racial Equity Club, in honor of the Week of Service the district celebrates to accompany Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Newbridge Road School says 'Thank You' to Nassau County police

A scary incident at a North Bellmore elementary school last week turned into a joyous event, celebrating the bravery, compliancy and support of students, teachers and staff — while honoring and …

South Shore Jewish communities gather to ‘bear witness’ to affects of war in Middle East

The South Merrick Community Civic Association is continuing to do its part to promote Jewish unity and community pride at home during the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The civic association welcomed David Sussman, of David Sussman Israel Tours, to its first meeting of the year on Jan. 17.


Thank you for the snow day

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been getting a lot of something we haven’t seen much of over the past couple of years: snow. So much, in fact, that schools in our communities had no choice but to close. And because of that, we have just one thing to say to our school districts in Nassau County: Thank you for the snow day.


A journey of the heart

February is American Heart Month, and this is a story about my heart — literally and figuratively. It’s the reason I am where I am today.


I love us just the way we are

As we leap, scoot, crawl or get dragged into 2024, the ceaseless message in our heads is that we need improvement. Apparently, our face, our furniture, our travel plans, our friendships, our dog food, our recipe for coq au vin are not quite right. We as human beings, struggling along in the most challenging times, are not quite enough.


It’s Library Lovers Month — borrow a book

I read “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” my first banned book, when I was 12. My friend lent me the book, and I found the good parts by the dog-eared pages. The experience did not compromise my moral compass or corrupt me in any way I can discern. I am not recommending the book for today’s 12-year-olds, because it’s a pretty boring read, but I am advocating that a broad spectrum of books be available to students who choose to read them.