Cold Spring Harbor Educational Foundation
Youth Ambassador Program
The future of education lies within our hands. But who is willing to take action to change it? Not many would take the initiative. However, Cold Spring Harbor is lucky. The Educational Foundation has stepped forth to impact and enhance our education in every way they can. The Foundation has assembled a board of students called the Youth Ambassadors who can directly influence our education through The Educational Foundation. As students ourselves, we know what will be beneficial to our education and we know, in our current technologically advanced world, how to effectively reach our fellow students, parents, and residents of our town. The purpose of The Foundation is to raise funds to ensure our students have the best quality of education with the most cutting-edge tools they can provide. For example, The Foundation has helped to provide our students with chromebooks revolutionizing their learning experience. Additionally, The Foundation has improved the Junior/Senior High School Computer Science Lab, the Senior High Library, and the Junior High Library “Nest” by providing those places with new, comfortable, “flexible furniture.” Most recently, The Foundation will sponsor the 2018-2019 High School Robotics Team for their upcoming competition season. The Educational Foundation is a non-for-profit organization that relies solely on the donations from residents of Cold Spring Harbor. With financial help from the community and the new hands on help from the Youth Ambassadors, The Foundation’s impact will be even more influential.
The Youth Ambassador Board is comprised of four teams: marketing, technology, events, and fundraising. The marketing team’s ambassadors are captain Carley Genser, Julianne Massa, and Cameron Jenkins. The technology team’s ambassadors are Lloyd Harbor residents, captain Martina Simone and Elizabeth Brennan, and Timothy Louie. The events team’s ambassadors are led by captain Julia Sobel and Cove Living resident, Katie Belfi. Lastly, the fundraising team’s ambassadors are Sophie Stella, the captain, Riley Haskell, and Lloyd Harbor resident Alexa Squiccarini.
HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM
The Cold Spring Harbor Educational Foundation is proud to announce they will be sponsoring the High School Robotics Club for the 2018-2019 school year. The Foundation’s donation will be used to purchase new equipment that will be necessary for the success of the club. A new laser cutter will help to increase accuracy and a CNC router will allow the team to draw their designs on the computer-aided design (CAD) software. This will allow the Robotics Team to reproduce the parts they are cutting which will significantly improve the robots they build. All of this new technology would not have been possible without the dedication of a group of students, led by treasurer Taylor, Kiefer, who put a proposal together for The Foundation. The Robotics Club advisor, Pam Vegna will take the team to compete this year. The team will be competing in the FIRST Robotics Long Island Regional Competition. Usually, they make it to semi-finals or finals. In years past, the teams have almost reached nationals after getting far in regionals. While the school district supports the program each year through funding for competition entry fees, materials, travel costs, and an advisor, the addition of more sophisticated machinery to build their robots will be an enhancement that will make our team even more competitive moving forward. With the combined support of the school district and the Educational Foundation’s new sponsorship of the Robotics Team, they intend to take home a win!