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Students Help Officially Open GCHS Life Skills Classroom

The Life Skills room was renovated as one of the final pieces of the 2009 community-approved School Investment Bond.

Students and school officials cut the ribbon during the recent ceremony at the high school.
Students and school officials cut the ribbon during the recent ceremony at the high school.
In a heartwarming ceremony Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Garden City High School, students in the Life Skills and ACE (Academic Career Exploration) program gave a tour of their newly renovated classroom to attending parents, fellow students, teachers, administrators and Board of Education members and served refreshments they prepared using the room’s new appliances.

Students also helped cut the wide red ribbon, officially opening the new classroom. Students’ efforts were coordinated by special education teacher Mary Ferrara.

The Life Skills room was renovated as one of the final pieces of the 2009 community-approved School Investment Bond. The room features new floors and lighting, new appliances (refrigerator, stoves, dishwasher and microwave), new cabinets, sink, tables, chairs and desks.

Attendees at the ribbon cutting ceremony included Board of Education President Barbara Trapasso, Vice President Angela Heineman, Trustee Tom Pinou, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen, Assistant Superintendents Dr. Fino Celano, Dr. Teresa Prendergast and Ms. Dana DiCapua, Director of Facilities Patrick Mehr, high school Principal Nanine McLaughlin, Assistant Principals Dave Perrotta and Kevin Steingruebner, Director of Pupil Personnel Services Catherine Wheeler and Assistant Director Lynette Abruzzo, special education teachers Mary Ferrara, Sue Cohen, Marilyn Going, Michael Korn and Tammy Kear, PTA Executive Board President Yvonne Varano, SEPTA President Gina Fornasar and parents and students.

The district would like to thank everyone who assisted, including Garden City residents who supported the Bond, for contributing their time and efforts.

Submitted by the Garden City School District

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