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Foundation for Learning Provides Rewards and Recreation

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. –  Thanks to the North Salem Foundation for Learning , the Harlem Wizards will be in North Salem on June 15 to challenge the North Salem Dream Team in the basketball game of the season. Tickets are already on sale.

The all-star Harlem Wizards will be facing a team of 14 faculty and transportation and office staff, including Baumler, Gilchrist, Martz, Outhouse, Tavino and Veteri from the Pequanekonck School (PQ), BirdSall, Davis, Holst, Iarossi, Johnson, Pechenko and Wasserman from the Middle/High School, Senatore from the school district and, coming out of retirement for this special event, Bill Dahl, referee.

Foundation President RoseMaria DosSantos said, “It’s the third time we’re doing it and it’s very exciting for everyone. You laugh from the first basket to the end of the show.”

The event is co-sponsored by the North Salem Teachers' Association, the district's Parent-Teacher Organizations and the North Salem Advocates for the Arts.

Tickets can be purchased at PQ and at the Middle/High School main offices. General admission is $15. The event takes place in the Middle/High School gym and space is limited.

The Foundation’s Third Annual Golf Outing is coming up as well. One of its biggest fundraisers of the year, the event is on May 21, at the Centennial Golf Club, 185 John Simpson Road, Carmel. Activity begins at 11 a.m. with registration and driving range time, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m. A cocktail reception begins at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow.

The fee for the outing is $200 per golfer, $75 for cocktails/dinner only. If you would like to sponsor a golf hole, the contribution is $100. Pre-registration is required.

All proceeds from the golf outing, as well as every other event sponsored by the Foundation for Learning, will go to benefit North Salem’s school children. All members of the foundation are volunteers.

“Our goal is to build excellence in education for our children by fostering scholastic excellence and funding special projects which go beyond the scope of the school budget,” DosSantos explained.

Another example of the Foundation’s achievements is coming up on May 17. “It’s our finest moment,” said DosSantos, “when we honor outstanding North Salem High School Senior Scholars in each of the curriculum areas.”

Eleven students, each chosen by faculty members for their passion, interest and motivation, will be honored with a certificate, a medal and a cash gift. Each student, in turn, will choose a teacher who has been especially supportive and influential and invite that teacher to present the award.

DosSantos describes it as “a melding together of faculty and students. This is the night that shows what North Salem is all about. It closes a chapter but it looks into the future as well. It doesn’t get any better than that.”

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