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Minds Shine at Lights On for Education

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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’ 58th anniversary of the Lights On for Education program on April 11. 

The event served as an opportunity for 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 arts and other areas. The opening ceremony featured performances by the Heritage Night String Ensemble and Ninth Grade Wind Ensemble. The Treble Choir performed the National Anthem and the American Sign Language students signed along. Superintendents, administrators and students spoke and introduced the event’s theme, “Bright Ideas Come to Those Who Think.” 

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 providing manicures and styling hair. In addition, students in the commercial foods program prepared and served food to the community. Memorial’s STEM class showcased recent projects, including the creation of PVC wind turbines. 

At the elementary level, District 30 students showcased their “You & Media” projects and 21st Century family engagement labs. District 24 band and orchestra students provided musical performances, and District 13 students demonstrated interdisciplinary art and academic initiatives. District Wellness Committee presentations focused on the safety and health of children and teens and emphasized the dangers of vaping. 
Friday, May 29, 2020