Project Excel End-of-Year Reception

Keynote Speaker Mr. Vaughn L. McKoy, an expert in mentoring, is a highly sought speaker and routinely called upon to build and steer partnerships among diverse stakeholders.
Keynote Speaker Mr. Vaughn L. McKoy, an expert in mentoring, is a highly sought speaker and routinely called upon to build and steer partnerships among diverse stakeholders.
Social Work interns, left to right: Pwendy Fenelus, Christie Honaski, Heather Reilly, Ruth Love, Raymond Holgado, Karina Cabrera, Dominic Distasio, Alexander Haynes,  Irem Franco, and Tracy Spink are congratulated with a certificate and some special gifts by Ms. Jacqueline Harris and Mr. David Perkins.
Social Work interns, left to right: Pwendy Fenelus, Christie Honaski, Heather Reilly, Ruth Love, Raymond Holgado, Karina Cabrera, Dominic Distasio, Alexander Haynes, Irem Franco, and Tracy Spink are congratulated with a certificate and some special gifts by Ms. Jacqueline Harris and Mr. David Perkins.
Our local business community takes great pride in supporting our students. Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris, left; BOE Trustee Lisa Brieff, right; and Project Excel Coordinator David Perkins, 2nd from right; thank Monaco's Pizza, Affinity Health, Inc., and Pollo Campero for their generous support of our Project Excel program.
Our local business community takes great pride in supporting our students. Deputy Superintendent Jacci Harris, left; BOE Trustee Lisa Brieff, right; and Project Excel Coordinator David Perkins, 2nd from right; thank Monaco's Pizza, Affinity Health, Inc., and Pollo Campero for their generous support of our Project Excel program.
Birchwood 5th grader Jaime Jaco (left) spoke to the audience about her Excel experiences: “It was great to get to know my mentor Ms. Delgiorno, and to know how much our teachers cared for us.  One of the best things is that we finished our homework each day at Project Excel and we learned coding on iPads.”  Here are a few excerpts from Stimson 8th grader Jason Moreno’s (right) closing remarks: “Before I joined Project Excel I was into ‘cool,’ now I’m into ‘school.’ I began to care about my grades more than playing video games. I’m much more responsible than I used to be about schoolwork.”
Birchwood 5th grader Jaime Jaco (left) spoke to the audience about her Excel experiences: “It was great to get to know my mentor Ms. Delgiorno, and to know how much our teachers cared for us. One of the best things is that we finished our homework each day at Project Excel and we learned coding on iPads.” Here are a few excerpts from Stimson 8th grader Jason Moreno’s (right) closing remarks: “Before I joined Project Excel I was into ‘cool,’ now I’m into ‘school.’ I began to care about my grades more than playing video games. I’m much more responsible than I used to be about schoolwork.”
Left photo: Alexander, a Silas Wood student gets some support from mentor Mr. Shaka Williams. “I learned about making right choices and avoiding the wrong ones,” said Alexander.  “While in the program my grades improved in Social Studies, Science, English and Math.”  Mr. David Perkins welcomes members of the Project Excel family and special guests.
Left photo: Alexander, a Silas Wood student gets some support from mentor Mr. Shaka Williams. “I learned about making right choices and avoiding the wrong ones,” said Alexander. “While in the program my grades improved in Social Studies, Science, English and Math.” Mr. David Perkins welcomes members of the Project Excel family and special guests.

Our Project Excel year-end ceremony, which celebrated the collective accomplishments of our South Huntington family, was held on June 8th. Our program coordinator, Dave Perkins, did a remarkable job bringing the community together for this special night.  Thank you to our lead program mentors from each of the four buildings, Patty Urgiles, Richard Garcia, Shaka Williams, Jennifer DeNoble, and Ian Denson for providing such dynamic support to our students.  Thank you as well to Monaco's Pizza, Affinity Health, Inc., and Pollo Campero for their generous support of our Project Excel program.   It is inspiring to see what can be accomplished when a community works together in the best interest of their children.

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