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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Martin Van Buren High School alumni take action

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Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:04 am

Five years ago a group of alumni from Martin van Buren High School in Queens Village decided they wanted to find a way to help the school and the current students so the MVB Alumni Alliance was created. The thought was drawing on the efforts and resources of the 40,000 graduates could make a real impact on the student experience and help make MVB better.

Since then the Alliance has introduced a number of programs including Let’s Get Ready and Summer Search, which help support the growth of the students. It is also working with the dedicated teachers and staff helping support many existing activities at the school including the robotics team, the baseball team, Scholars, Drumline and assisting in the triumphant return of SING!, the musical performance competition between classes.

Last fall the Alliance re-launched the school’s Career Day as a job fair and had over 20 companies from a dozen different industries represented. The Alliance introduced hundreds of students to a wide variety of career options and are excited to begin planning for next fall’s event. While during the spring the Alliance conducted an engineering workshop at Manhattan College for MVB students.

This spring the Alliance introduced a new program, The Career Experience, pictured below. Here it connected seniors with Alumni and Corporate hosts who let the students spend a day in the real world. Sharing the experience of what a career in a number of chosen fields is truly like with a student is priceless and alumni were excited to make connections with such a variety of companies as Penguin Random House, Tetra Tech, Chegg, and Con Edison, as well as having two students spend a day with a New York State Judge. The Alliance is eager to expand the number of hosts and broaden the careers available for students to experience next year.

The Alumni Alliance is proud to have a partnership with MVB and believes deeply that the student experience has been meaningfully enhanced with all these efforts. The Alumni Alliance is eager to expand its involvement and is asking for any and all alumni to join. The Alliance is looking for Career Day presenters and Job hosts and is anxious to find mentors to help support the students. The Alliance is always looking to spread its message to the thousands of alumni who they are currently not in contact with.

Interested alumni can reach the Alliance at mvbhsalumns@gmail.com.

To learn more about the Alliance and see photos from these events please go to the website www.mvbhsaa.com.

— by Steve Wilson ’77, Stephanie Hochman ’81 and Brian Greenspan ’89

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FDNY Recruitment

Firefighter William L. West stands in the College Office at Martin Van Buren High School where he is recruiting students to become firefighters. He talked to students about the requirements and the benefits of joining the FDNY. This is one of the many opportunities the College Office provides to the students. Meeting with F.F. West were Gucwindec Singh, left, Jaspreet Kau and Sumbal Syed.

— by Bob Harris

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