On Monday night, April 3, 2017, while millions of people watched the FINAL FOUR, Rising Stars Scholars were volunteering at the seventh annual Long Island Lutheran High School Food Drive! Rising Stars student athletes spent the night in tribute to the sport they love by giving back to the community. They helped make over 300,000 food packets in order to feed 500 children both locally and globally every day for one year.
March 25, 2017
Basketball is a thinking and a strategy game, just like chess. In both games, in order to beat your defenders, you need to set up an offense and think ahead. On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the Rising Stars Bayshore team were entranced by a chess lesson from Mr. Rich Nelson. This team meets weekly for 90 minutes before practice each week for tutoring sessions that include math, reading, homework help and special motivational lessons like the one Mr. Nelson taught this week. Rising Stars continues to expose our student-athletes to a wide variety of experiences that encourage their competitive nature to succeed on the courts, in the classrooms and in their lives.
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February 5, 2017 was a SUPER day for Rising Stars Student Athletes who decided to spend their SUPER BOWL SUNDAY helping others. The kids participated in the Meals from the Heart Program at the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, preparing a home-cooked dinner and making craft kits for the 80 people staying there. Families stay at Ronald McDonald House of Long Island so that they can be near their children who are receiving care at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital. On Monday morning, while most people were discussing football, here is what our Rising Stars players were talking about:
“I’m so glad I was able help by just making at least one meal with my friends. I hope the families were able to enjoy at least one meal that weekend. The experience makes me appreciate what I have. It also makes me feel good and makes me want to help more often.” ~Abby
“I was very happy that I had the opportunity to help and feed the families of the children who were unfortunately in the hospital. While I was in the Ronald McDonald house I figured out how blessed I am to be healthy and it made me want to volunteer more in the future.” ~Autumn
“My experience at the Ronald McDonald House was unforgettable. I felt so special to be helping out people who don’t have it as good as we do. I realized how lucky I am to have the life that I have. Also, being there with my teammates made the experience even more amazing. When we were all done cooking up the dinner and people were going to eat, it made me feel like I really helped someone that day. This day is an experience I will cherish forever.” ~Riley R.
“Before this event was arranged by Rising Stars, I didn’t know that Ronald McDonald House provided a temporary home for out-of-town and out-of-country families who have a child in need of special medical care for low or no cost. I didn’t know either that the House is designed in such a bright, positive clean and super fun way to make the children feel comfortable and distracted from their or their sibling’s medical problems. Nor did I know that Ronald McDonald House allowed parents to be just steps away from their children while they are having surgery or getting treatment. In fact, I had never even heard of Ronald McDonald House. But now I know so many more things than I did before I spent just a few hours there. I know that I appreciate how healthy my family and I are, am inspired to tell people about the amazing things that Ronald McDonald House and Rising Stars are doing, and want to do more volunteer work.“ ~Riley F.
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The Rising Stars Honor Roll is assembled each semester to recognize our student athletes for their academic achievements. The following children made the honor roll within his or her respective school. Congratulations to all of these student athletes for their hard work in the classroom.
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