You’re Never Too Old to Learn Something New

Ms. Veronica Jennings from Newsday
Ms. Veronica Jennings from Newsday always gets a big crowd for her class “Getting Into College: 7 Steps for Success.”
a giant slide that took up half of the South Gymnasium.
The childcare activities were abundant, including a giant slide that took up half of the South Gymnasium.
Ms. Maria Rodriquez leads a Spanish speaking workshop
Countrywood teacher Ms. Maria Rodriquez had a packed audience for her workshop “How to help my child if I do not speak English.”
Dylan Long gets the inside scoop from TEQ and their NAO Robots
While enjoying a hot dinner in the South cafeteria, attendees and their children were able to visit the Vendor Gallery. Here Dylan Long gets the inside scoop from TEQ and their NAO Robots, presently being used on our Middle Schools.
At the Keynote presentation
At the Keynote presentation, left to right: Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacqueline Harris, Stimson Student Daniel Rich Jr., Keynote Speaker Father Francis Pizzarelli, BOE member Mr. Edward Nitkewicz, and BOE President Mr. Jim Kaden.
Magic Bob McEntee performing for the children
Magic Bob McEntee did a wonderful job with a truly fun and really educational performance for all of the kids in the childcare program to enjoy.
Parent University Co-Chairman Mr. David Perkins
At the opening program, Parent University Co-Chairman Mr. David Perkins thanked the sponsors and volunteers who helped make this signature program a success

On Thursday, April 27, our community celebrated the sixth 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 80 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," said Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo in his weekly newsletter.  "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."

“Partnering with our parents is a critical component to our success in South Huntington. Parent University continues to be a model of how to work together, share important information and support our overall mission to create leaders of tomorrow,” said Deputy Superintendent Jacqueline Harris.  “Parent and Community Engagement are key factors in developing the positive, open, transparent partnerships to build student success.”

Thank you to Mr. David Perkins for all of his work in coordinating this evening.  Thank you, as well, to the Parent University Committee members: Cecilia Blanco, Amanda Bono, Matthew Bradwell, Danielle Busch, Jessica Caporaso, Maria Colon, Nicholas Crovello, Robert Danielson, Karin Denker, Jennifer DeNoble, Alexandra D'Orio, Dr. Kristine Duffy, Stacey Fletcher, Alicia Centamore Freda, Richard Garcia, Mark Gracini, Ximena Gutierrez, Simone Henry, Martine Macdonald, Jacqueline Maggio, Marilyn Mandaro, Geraldine Maurice, April Poprilo, Solange Rich, Jane Samuels, Susan Schiavone, Roberto Toledo, Johanna Torres, Roberto Torres, Ventura Trent, Shaka Williams, David Wilson, Lacey Wright, and Dr. Martin Zizi.

Thank you, to our Social Work Interns for all their hard work: Alexandra D’Orio, Amanda Bono, Matthew Barthwell, Danielle Busch, Jessica Caporaso, Alicia Centamore Freda, Robert Danielson, Eric Falkman, Simone Henry, Martine MacDonald, Ximena Gutierrez, and Karin Denker.

We are also very grateful to our presenters for their efforts in sharing crucial information for our parents and community. These presenters must be commended for volunteering their time and expertise with us: Deputy Police Commissioner Riscoe Mention-Lewis, Father Francis Pizzarelli, Carolyn A. Baez, Dr. Martin Zizi, Michael Pirozzi, Edward J. Nitkewicz, Leah Lugovina, Dr. Jared Bloom, Gina Molinet, Dr. Lou Corrado, Dr. Jean Bacon, Marijean Scardapane, Stephen Toto, Cindy Mandel, Anastasia Schepers, Leda Rivas, Dr. Anne Lecci, Ever Martinez, Christine Keller, Lisa Rappa, Veronica Jennings, Lauren Narine, Cecilia Blanco, Allen Hecht, Maria Rodriguez, Marcela Ruppert, Dena Spanos, Shant Michaelian, Dr. David Curtis, John Murphy, Dr. Scott Muller, Heather Reilly, Susan Schiavone, Dr. Jim Wright, Khali Murrel, Lissy Escobar, and Lina Penuela-Rannazzisi.

A special thanks to our generous sponsors: Adventureland, Affinity Health Care, American Classic Ice Cream, Astoria Federal bank, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Cheesecake factory, Long Island Children Museum Magic Beyond Imagination, Monaco's Pizza, NAACP Huntington Branch, PF. Chang, Panera Bread, Progressive Dentistry, Selmer's Pet land, South Huntington Public Library, South Huntington, Teacher's Association, State Farm Insurance, Tariq Auto Service Inc., and The Spirit of Huntington Art Center.

Thanks to our vendors:  Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, Family Service League, YMCA, EOC of Suffolk, Huntington Drug and Alcohol, South Huntington Public Library, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, WellLife Network/PSCH, Inc.,  The Children's Sangha, SEPA Mujer, NAMI Huntington, Huntington Head Start, Dolan Family Health Center, NAACP Huntington Branch, EAC AFY, and the YMCA.

The custodial staff at Walt Whitman High School is top notch. Carlo Giordano and his team made sure that every aspect of the evening was executed flawlessly. A special thanks to the Whitman Lamplighters and Lou Mangieri and the Tech Department for ensuring our presenters had what was needed to share important information with our parents. All in all, it was another proud evening for our school community.