Above, the 2017 senior class of Martin Van Buren High School shows off its senior jerseys.

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Richard Dellacona memorial blood drive

MVBHS just held a blood drive to celebrate the legacy of Richard Dellacona who spent fivedecades at the school as a student, teacher, assistant principal and athletic director. He also was the former Fire Chief for 33 years at the Westbury Fire Department. His wife JoAnn was present during the drive and went to the three sites where the blood drive took place. The event was again coordinated by school Coordinator of Student Affairs Brian Greenspan, who explained that Richard did search and rescue at the pile on 9/11 and died from illness he contracted there. The New York Blood Drive collected 60 pints of blood at Van Buren. The principal of the school is Sam Sachet.

Students vs. Faculty

The annual Students vs. Faculty Day was held recently with an attendance incentive for the students. Events included basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, musical chairs, potato sack race and plank race. The teachers swept most of the major events, but all of the participants had a great time!

Extracurricular events

Mr. Chew, the parent coordinator at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village, promotes many afterschool extracurricular activities for the students. Many flyers are prepared and distributed with the help of student volunteers such as sophomore Shweta Singh, inset, who help during their lunch period. Some recent activities have been a bake sale, presentation of a movie called “Growing Up in the Digital Age,” and CPR training for parents, students and teachers which was free, including a refresher course six months later and a two-year certificate.

Mr. Chew coordinated students attending a special workshop at Queensborough Community College dedicated to students redefining social media as a platform for promoting positive social change, which was called “How to Discover Your Social Media Voice” plus a STEM DIVERSITY SUMMIT which promoted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The latter event was held at SUNY Farmingdale and provided transportation and lunch. An event being planned during the spring break will take 29 students on a Queensborough Community College 21st Century-sponsored three-day college tour in New York and Connecticut to visit six colleges. It is essentially a free educational trip with only a $25 fee required by the students. Activities being held by the Scholars/Arista organization at MVB HS are an International Festival, students teaching lessons to local elementary students through Junior Achievements and the collection of Pennies for Patients, coordinated by the advisor Ms. Fried.

— by Bob Harris

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