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Special Olympics Success in Bethpage

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Bethpage School District successfully hosted the Long Island Special Olympics North Division with the help of over 400 volunteers!  While we would have preferred better weather, the day was still a great success for the athletes who still came out to compete and persevere!  The spirit of the day was fantastic and everyone had a great time!  Thanks to the volunteers, the corporate sponsors, the Town of Oyster Bay and special guests TOBAY Supervisor Joe Saladino and Nassau County Legislators Rose Walker and Laura Schaefer.  Congratulations to all the athletes for showing us how to compete with such grace!

Click here for a video made by the JFK Eagles Eye students and advisor Zach Levy.

Challenger Basketball- RED HOT!

Challenger Basketball is RED HOT!  Check them out by clicking here!

Visiting the Lighthouse

The High School and Middle School students that attended this trip had a rare treat.  Two of the light keepers (retired Navy engineers) were on site and gave us a tour of not only the lighthouse but the basement and the actual lens house.  In the basement the engineers explained how they rigged all the automated systems that regulate both the interval and rotation of the twin spotlights.  Up in the lens house the keepers demonstrated how they maintain the electrical systems that keep the light operating smoothly.  The top of this structure provided clear breathtaking views of Fire Island.

Our students were shown how ship wrecked passengers were rescued in the old days utilizing a makeshift pulley system, delivered by cannon!  They also learned how a Fresnel lens amplified an oil lamp into a beam that could shine out into the ocean.  This technology was state of the art prior to electric lights.  The four ton, 1st order Fresnel lens was recovered from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and is now proudly on display in its own building.

Thanks to Mr. Portuese and Mr. Carroll for making this happen!

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