Lights On for Education Showcases Learning in Valley Stream

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Students, staff, families, board of education members and administrators from Valley Stream’s 14 elementary and secondary schools gathered at Memorial Junior High School for the Valley Stream Council of PTAs’ 57th anniversary of the Lights On for Education program on April 26. 

The event allowed the Valley Stream Central High School District, Valley Stream District 13, Valley Stream District 24 and Valley Stream District 30 to showcase student achievements in academics, the performing arts, display arts and physical education. During the opening ceremony, the North High School a cappella group, the 7:10 Downbeats, performed the National Anthem as American Sign Language students signed along. Superintendents spoke on behalf of their district, which included comments from other administrators. Students from each elementary school also presented a quote that reflected the event’s theme, “Light the Path through Vision and Exploration.” The students helped to officially kick off the event by cutting the yellow ribbon.

Attendees traveled around the building to experience the different programs offered in each district. Students in the Valley Steam Central High School District’s career and technical education program demonstrated their cosmetology skills by polishing nails and doing hair. In addition, students in the commercial foods program prepared and served food to the community. Elementary students showcased their Makerspaces and performing art skills and presented displays in academics, interdisciplinary art and technology. District Wellness Committee presentations focused on the safety and health of children and teens.