Elmont Senior, Michael Bailey, Nominated for US Presidential Scholar Program

Source: Sewanhaka Central High School District Elmont Memorial senior Michael Bailey has been nominated for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. One of only 25 New York State high school seniors nominated for the prestigious award, the Presidential Scholar recognition is one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. The award honors one maleContinue reading “Elmont Senior, Michael Bailey, Nominated for US Presidential Scholar Program”

Holiday Special: #WeAreElmont ‘Community Pride’ T-Shirts

Happy Holidays, Elmont! For years, Elmont has lived in the shadows and has been pushed to the margins of Long Island and New York. But today is a new day and age. Join fellow Elmont residents, Alumni, students, parents, & community members as we showcase community pride and celebrate our beloved hometown. Get your handsContinue reading “Holiday Special: #WeAreElmont ‘Community Pride’ T-Shirts”

Fosters Family: Why Elmont & Rosedale Are Like Brother & Sister

For those of us growing up in Elmont, the lines between Elmont and Queens have always been blurry. This fact endures today — whether geographically, culturally, socially, or politically — Elmont and Queens undeniably share a great deal in common. We reached out to Bill Florio — a Valley Stream resident, historian, and author —Continue reading “Fosters Family: Why Elmont & Rosedale Are Like Brother & Sister”

Young Black Women Sponsor All-Girls School in Haiti

  Endless possibilities abound when you follow your passion. A prime example of this fact can be found in the life and work of 24-year-old Elmont native, Rachalie Barthelemy, whose passion led her to join forces with family and friends to create a nonprofit organization that offers health, education, and inspiration services to underdeveloped regionsContinue reading “Young Black Women Sponsor All-Girls School in Haiti”

Public Allies New York alum: ‘I was born to serve, love, and lead’

Originally posted on PUBLIC ALLIES:
When Karl Valere was growing up on Long Island, he remembers hearing a lot of anti-Haitian sentiment expressed on TV and across the world. His parents, who were born and raised in Haiti, would say to him: “We’re not what they say we are. We’re more than that. We have dignity. We respect ourselves and…