February 15, 2017: 38
student-athletes from the Central Islip High School, along with Mr.
Philips, the Director of Athletics, continued the tradition of traveling
to a different elementary school each year in order to serve as
literacy partners. It was the turn of Cordello Elementary in 2017. The
Student-Athlete as Reading Partners program helps promote the importance
of academics and allows the student-athletes a chance to give back to
this great community. In the Central Islip School District
interscholastic-athletics is an extension of the classroom. The biggest
debate of the day is who gets a bigger kick out of the program and who
learns more, the student-athletes or the elementary students.
developmentally appropriate books (thank you to Ms. Philips and the I AM
CI EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION) the student-athletes fielded questions,
posed for photos and signed autographs for students and books for each
teacher’s class library. Every student-athlete stressed the importance
of doing well in school. The student-athletes let the Cordello students
know what a special privilege and honor it was to be a varsity
student-athlete, but in order to play sports at the high school they had
to do excellent work in the classroom.
Special thanks goes to Ms.
Jackson, the Cordello principal, and Ms. Corcione and Ms. Lefferts, the
Cordello teachers who put the program together, for inviting and
welcoming the student-athletes. The entire Cordello staff was extremely
welcoming and helped reiterate the importance of physical education and
physical activity. The CDC states, "...physical activity can have an
impact on cognitive skills and academic behavior, all of which are
important components of improved academic performance. These include
enhanced concentration and attention as well as improved classroom
behavior." The Cordello students treated the student-athletes with great
respect and are already sending over thank you notes and care packages
to the student-athletes.
thanks goes to the 38 student-athletes who made it a priority to be
outstanding role models, ones who lead by example (Zyon
Alexis, Romel Alvarado, Tyler Amado, Akosua Amoa, Kwesi Amoa, Shayna
Amorese, Alexander Bernal, Malcolm Bunce, Andrea Cano, Ashlin Carroll,
Christian Cherry, Khai Chung, George Cruz, Natalia Cruz, Antonio Dash,
Leilani Davila, Megan Doyle, Kaitlyn Gonzalez, Jose Guillen, Marlene
Guzman, Alexandria Harriott, Michael Hennie, Steven Hernandez, Haley
Lomax, Gabriel Martinez, Anthonye Metelus, Joseph Musumeci, Amaris
Negron, Sebastian Nucatola, Roberto Nunez, Luis Ortiz, Raadeem Pierre,
Rebeca Reyes, Paula Sibayan, Chanel Taylor, Ishmael Wade, Jade Walls,