Model Program Honored

BOE Members and District Administrators congratulate our Excel summer employment students at the September 17th BOE meeting.
BOE Members and District Administrators congratulate our Excel summer employment students at the September 17th BOE meeting.
Whitman Sophomore Sofia Charzuk shares with the audience her experience this past summer working with Special Education students in South Huntington.
Whitman Sophomore Sofia Charzuk shares with the audience her experience this past summer working with Special Education students in South Huntington.

At the recent Board of Education meeting that was held at Silas Wood 6th Grade Center, the Board and members of the community had an opportunity to congratulate our Project Excel students on their fine summer work. Project Excel provides mentoring, counseling, homework help, parent training, paid work experiences, and youth employment opportunities. This model program is a proud cornerstone of South Huntington’s education program. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone recently acknowledged the program. “This is one of the most innovative districts we have anywhere in the region,” said the County Executive when he visited South Huntington this past summer. Our Project Excel program continues to be a source of tremendous pride for students, parents, and teachers alike.

Coordinator of Student Services Mr. David Perkins brings his passion for student success, networking, and counseling to his tireless work with our students. We were very happy this year to have South Huntington students working in our facilities, special education, athletics, and central offices, as well as our extended school year program. Each student worker was paid approximately $1,400 by the Suffolk County Department of Labor.

It was inspiring to hear our students speak of their proud summer employment experiences, and it was particularly heartwarming to learn that the work had encouraged several of our students to consider careers in special education. We congratulate all of our Project Excel students and offer special thanks to Walt Whitman Sophomore Sofia Charzuk, who captured the audiences attention and hearts with a passionate recollection about her summer employment experience and how it has help give her a career direction to pursue.