Adventures Monumental Soirée Draws Hundreds

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From left: Kurt Keiss, Anna Kaplan, Charlie Cardillo, Debbie Cardillo, Wayne Wink, Anthony Durso and Diana Holden

The Adventures in Learning 2017 annual Wine and Tastings Soirée was held at the Village Club at Sands Point on Friday, March 3. Adventures in Learning is an after-school educational and enrichment program dedicated to improving the lives of Long Island children in need of after-school care and instruction. The program is run at the Hagedorn Community Center at the Manhasset/Great Neck Economic Opportunity Council (EOC). The EOC sponsors a variety of programs, including Head Start, a summer program, and OATMEAL Life, in addition to Adventures in Learning, where children are able to develop homework skills while benefitting from computer instruction, literary and math programs, and cultural activities.

Adventures in Learning garners support from many members of the Manhasset community including Shelter Rock and Middle School parent, Erika Craven who said that she believes “education is the most fundamental right in this country. Adventures in Learning answers the needs of all Manhasset students.” The great value of the programs offered by Adventures in Learning was asserted by Robert Geczik, principal of the Shelter Rock School, who said, “The program really understands the needs of the kids and responds to that.”

The short and long term benefits of the program was supported by Manhasset resident Barbara Napolitano when she stated, “Diana Holden brought my attention to Adventures in Learning. As a resident of Manhasset, I believe in programs like this to support our social communities. As we go forward into such unsure times, it is programs like this that will continue to make a difference. This sentiment was echoed by Bruce Burrows who said, “It’s a great local cause that has wide-reaching and long-term effects for the community and everyone involved.”

This year’s well-attended event honored Debbie Cardillo and Charlie Cardillo, Manhasset Superintendent of Schools. Cardillo, who has served as superintendent since November 2005 and has announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2016-17 school year, spoke of his love for Manhasset and thanked the community for its tremendous support during his tenure as superintendent.

More information about Adventures in Learning, including its programs and volunteer opportunities, can be found on its website www.adventures-in-learning.org.

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