Parent University Proves You’re Never Too Old To Learn


On Thursday night our community celebrated the second Annual PARENT UNIVERSITY at Walt Whitman High School.  This special program brought together several hundred members of our community for an evening of seminars, discussions and educational presentations.  Approximately 85 different speakers and vendors volunteered their time-sharing advice on topics ranging from adolescent drug abuse to bullying and college preparation.  Our guests were also able to enjoy a wonderful dinner, while availing themselves of the childcare and Spanish-language translation of many seminars.  The PARENT UNIVERSITY program serves as a shining example of the cooperative spirit and collective energies that characterize our South Huntington Community.  There is simply no question that we stand united in our quest to raise successful, well-adjusted children in our great school district.  Special thanks to all of the sponsors, speakers and vendors whose generosity made this evening possible.

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Panel Guests:  English Speaking: Mr. Ciccarelli, Mrs. Harris, Dr. Moise, Mr. Pinto and Reverand Rouse.  Spanish Speaking – Ms. Blanco, Mr. Callahan, Brusi Morales, Dr. Ochoa, and Jenny Ramos.

Presenters:  Annie Guthrie, Huntington Drug & Alcohol; Michael Carrano, resident assisting with workshop; Michael Sinatra, SHSD; Steven Ramsey, retired SHSD; Deputy Police Commissioner Risco Mention-Lewis, SCPD; Edward Nitkewicz, Board Trustee; Veronica Jennings and John Russo, Newsday; Dr. Mandel, Dr. Savoy, SHSD; Ellen Feldman, CAPS; Dr. Lecci and Mrs. Torres, SHSD; Vito D’Elia, SHSD; Dr. Bullock, SHSD; Yvonne Sinisgalli, Center for Community Inclusion; Mrs. Bunnell, Mrs. D’Addario, Dr. Eikenaar-Klang; Mrs. Irizarry; Mrs. Manuela Stefanelli-Fasano; and Mrs. Hindes, SHSD; Dr. Ochoa, SHSD; Ever Martinez, Bethpage Credit Union; Ms. Guittard, SHSD and Laura Morales, student, WWHS; Dr. Baralis and Ms. Sefcik, SHSD; Dr. Bloom, SHSD; Daria Ferrara, CAPS; Mrs. Schiavone, Parent Liaison for At-Risk Students; Steven Pinto, Life Center; Ms. Musgnug, SHSD; Fernanda Meier, K12 Services; Dr. Becker, ProHEALTHcare; Dr. Dewey; Dr. Zizi, SHSD; Tommy Barbosa, Bethpage Credit Union; Dr. Curtis, CHADD; Ms. Strogh, Parent from the Heart; Ms. Elmore and Mr. Prahl, SHSD; Ms. Schwartz and Ms. Koslow, SHSD; Ms. Scardapane and Mr. Toto, SHSD; Pete Carney, Pride for Youth; Dr. Duffy and Mrs. Carroll, SHSD.

Vendors:  100 Black Men of Long Island; Adecco; Adelante; Bethpage Credit Union; Big Brother/Big Sisters; Boy Scouts of America; Girl Scouts of America; EAC; Family Service League; Gress Dental; Healthplus Amerigroup; HorseAbility; Huntington Medical and Rehabilitation; Huntington Youth Bureau Institute Project Excel; Job Corp; Liberty Partnership Program; Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth; Long Island Jobs with Justice; Sepa Mujer; Mental Health Association; National Council for Negro Women; Newsday; Outreach House II; Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic; Project Excel; SHUFSD Student Services; South Huntington Against Drugs; South Huntington Public Library; Stat Script Specialty; Teq; Town of Huntington Human Services; The College Board; and The Life Center.

Counseling & Health Services: Tri-County CYA; United Health Care; VIBS Family Violence and Rape Crises Center; West Hills Day Camp, and the YMCA.

Sponsors:  Air Techniques; Lisa Brieff; Progressive Dentistry; Technical Operations, Inc.; TEQ; TRI-CYA; SHEF, SHTA, Adecco, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, TD Bank, Gress Dental, Coca-Cola, Astoria Federal Savings, Tariq Motors, Health Plus, Felico’s and West Hills Day Camp.