Agency, Schools Receive Donations

Diane J. Savino


Monday, August 3rd

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Northfield Bank Foundation has donated $12,000 to the New York Center for Interpersonal Development.

The check presentation took place at New York Center's St. George office.

The funding will be used to support the Supervised Visitation Program, which allows children to see their non-custodial parent, the parent who does not have physical custody of the child, in an environment that is safe for both the child and the parent.

The program, which serves families on Staten Island, offers services to families referred by the Richmond County Integrated Domestic Violence Court, Family Court, and state Supreme Court.

In addition, some funds were provided by state Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn)and Assemblyman Matthew Titone (D-North Shore) for a total of $13,000 in donations.

Northfield also has donated $10,000 to the Notre Dame Academy.

The check was presented by Diane Senerchia, foundation executive director, and board member John Connors to Sister Patricia Corley, president of Notre Dame Academy.

The funding will be used for the purchase of SMART Board Technology to be installed in the classrooms located in the new Arts and Humanities building as part of the school's capital campaign.

Also, City Councilman Kenneth Mitchell (D-North Shore) has allocated $3,000 for Wagner College.

The check was presented by Mitchell to Richard Guarasci, president of Wagner, and his wife, Carin, director of the college's New Teacher Academy, at their home.

The funds went to the New Teacher Academy to pay for a lecture by distinguished adult-education scholar Stephen Brookfield that was open to principals of all private, catholic and public schools principals.

Brookfield, an author and professor of adult education, guided the principals through ideas on how to become better instructional leaders.

The program will be the first of a series of events to be held twice a year. The series is part of the school's new partnership with Columbia University, through which Wagner will offer a one-year curriculum to first- and second-year teachers looking for a year of professional development.

In another donation, St. John's Lutheran School has given $550 to the Eden II School for Autistic Individuals.

The check was presented by St. John Lutheran school officials to officials of Eden II in the school's gymnasium in Castleton Corners, as the entire student body looked on.

The funds were raised by students who worked for one month selling Autism Awareness bracelets.