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Osborn School partnered with Boosterthon to raise money for new gym equipment and donate to local food banks. At the weeklong school-wide event, children worked as a community to earn pledges and build school spirit. In the process, they had a great time and exceeded their financial goals with a 93% participation rate.

Photos by Annette McLoughlin

Steer for Student Athletes, a nonprofit organization based in Rye, is committed to provide funding and services for identified student athletes to achieve better personal development and educational outcomes through athletic participation. On May 17 from 6:30-9:30, Steer will host its Third Annual Spring Graduation Banquet at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester.

The evening is primarily dedicated to commemorating the graduates of the Steer program, which includes three student athletes, all of whom will be attending four-year colleges or universities in the fall. The event will also feature the unveiling of a new collaborative partnership with Laureus USA.

Laureus, a global sport-based nonprofit organization founded by Nelson Mandela, works to improve the lives of young people. At the 2000 inaugural Laureus World Sports Awards, Mandela said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.”

Regarding the new partnership, Michael Eck, Steer for Student Athletes co-founder and CEO states, “We are honored to be working with Laureus USA to build a New York-centric coalition around the national Sport for Good initiative. Laureus is the largest and most impactful Sport for Good organization in the world and our partnership further demonstrates the power and effectiveness of the Steer for Student Athletes model.”

Steer has launched a significant capital campaign to support having 100 student athletes successfully participate in the program across multiple schools in some of the largest and most challenged public school districts in the country by 2020. To learn more, visit www.SteerForStudentAthletes.org/100by2020.

They have also introduced a Steer Ambassador Program hoping to gain the support of individuals, families, and named sponsors who share the value system that positive engagement with sports can be used to change educational and social outcomes. Learn more at www.steerforstudentathletes.org/steerambassadors or call

917-693-8745.

Caption: Steer students with co-founder Michael Eck, back row center

The League of Women Voters of Rye, Rye Brook, and Port Chester has chosen Carly Kabot, a sophomore at Blind Brook High School, and Reanna Rosenfeld, a junior at Port Chester High School, to attend the Students Inside Albany (SIA) Conference next month.

SIA, sponsored by the LWV New York State Education Foundation, is designed to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in a representative government and to provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility. The conference brings together approximately 60 high school students from across the state. Students participate in a series of interactive discussions with Albany insiders on topics such as the state budget process, the role of lobbyists in the legislative process, the rights of citizens to access government information, and the role of the media in politics.

“We are pleased that outstanding young people such as Carly and Reanna will have the opportunity to experience government in action,” said Joan Feinstein, student outreach coordinator of the local league.

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Carly Kabot

Reanna Rosenfeld

Over spring break, the Rye High School Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Team hosted eighth graders from San Miguel Academy in Newburgh for a clinic and lunch. Only 60 miles from Rye, San Miguel is located in one of the most dangerous areas of the state, in a city filled with gangs and drug warfare. San Miguel, established in 2006, is described as a “lighthouse” on the banks of the Hudson, serving as a beacon of hope to the low-income students who come from a local public school system where fewer than 30 percent of underserved students graduate from high school.

One hundred percent of San Miguel graduates enter high school supported by the Graduate Success Program, which provides tuition assistance, mentoring, and tutoring for the student as he continues his educational journey. 

This was the second year the Rye High team hosted a fun-filled day for all the boys. Donations were collected and provided to the boys so they can begin to learn the sport of lacrosse.

Thanks to the Rye Lacrosse Association for organizing the event and providing lunch from Jerry’s; Blueline Sports and Sports Barn for equipment donations; and many parent volunteers for their generous support of this program.

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The RHS Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse Team with eighth-grade students from San Miguel Academy

The Rye Neck High School Mock Trial Team won the 2017 Westchester County Champions. They are headed to the regional competition on Saturday at Pace Law School to face the Duchess and Orange County winners.

“I was always optimistic about our team’s chances, but our students are even better than I could have hoped,” said Rye Neck history teacher and mock trial team coach Marcella Scalise.

A SADD but Important Day

By Janice Llanes Fabry

During each period of the school day April 7, the Rye Neck High School student body was exposed to the perils of driving while distracted through activities organized by the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club.

“Awareness is the key,” said Rye Neck counselor and SADD advisor Susan Hannon. “Recognizing how dangerous certain situations can be helps students make better decisions.”

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers. Six teens between the ages of 16 and 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries, as a result of distracted driving and impaired driving. Texting while driving is particularly dangerous because it involves all three types of distraction: visual, manual, and cognitive.

Fortunately, teen motor crashes are preventable and proven strategies can improve the safety of young drivers. First, teens have to acknowledge the role they play and accept responsibility. SADD Day focuses specifically on the dangers of driving while texting or drinking.

High-risk situations are brought to light in a particularly graphic way on SADD Day. The 60 members of the club, freshmen to seniors, worked tirelessly on various presentations. They painted tombstones with students’ names and installed them outside on the campus. Students dressed as a grim reaper who visited classrooms and tapped students on the shoulder, representing victims killed by drunk drivers. A table was set up with candles, lit for the number of drunk driving deaths that occur during the school day.

Throughout the year, SADD presents programs such as Red Ribbon Week for drug awareness, Mental Health Awareness Week to help students alleviate high levels of anxiety, and, coming up, Stress Less Week during finals.

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RNHS SADD Officers, from left: Justin Sturgis, Aliya Glattstein, Philip Beebe, and Kevin Reimers