Elmont Grad, Arielle Pierre, Drops Gems on Film, Family, Freedom, and “Floetic Fridays”

"It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love and support one another. We have nothing to lose but our chains."           Assata Shakur Written by Karl Valere We tend to dismiss the young leaders of today, and often try to minimize … Continue reading Elmont Grad, Arielle Pierre, Drops Gems on Film, Family, Freedom, and “Floetic Fridays”

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Elmont Families, Alumni, and Volunteers Celebrate the 2nd Annual Elmont Family Fun Day

The Elmont Excelsior Inc. was proud to join the 2nd Annual Elmont Family Fun Day community festival on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 at Elmont Memorial High School with more than 300 guests in attendance! Organized entirely by Elmont residents and volunteers, the free community event featured live musical performances by Layla's Dance & Drum, Who … Continue reading Elmont Families, Alumni, and Volunteers Celebrate the 2nd Annual Elmont Family Fun Day

Elmont Family Fun Day: Taking Hold of a Sacred Opportunity

What does opportunity mean to you? Most especially as a resident of Elmont? Written by Rachalie Ludree Barthelemy Before I reveal my response to this question, I wanted to share the following with you. My name is Rachalie Ludree Barthelemy, a 25 year-old, Haitian American woman whose passions lie in the vast fields of civic … Continue reading Elmont Family Fun Day: Taking Hold of a Sacred Opportunity

Elmont Grad, Jacqueline Aquino, Speaks Out Against Sexual Abuse, Helps Others Cope with Trauma through Storytelling

Our voices are powerful.  By Karl Valere This isn’t simply true for when we yell at the top of our lungs, but rather each time that we are able to share ideas or stories that are meaningful, we exercise a form of power.  Stories to which others can relate have the power to resonate deeply … Continue reading Elmont Grad, Jacqueline Aquino, Speaks Out Against Sexual Abuse, Helps Others Cope with Trauma through Storytelling

How White Teachers (And MANY Other Factors) Helped Me Achieve Success

Written by Sophia Sunshine Vilceus Re: “How Are These White Teachers At A Long Island School Helping Black Kids Achieve Above- Average Graduation Rates?” (New York School Talk) I, like many of my friends who graduated from Elmont, cringed when I initially read this suggestive title.  Sent by my sister-friend who is a New York … Continue reading How White Teachers (And MANY Other Factors) Helped Me Achieve Success