An evening of excellence

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The Board of Education recognized the accomplishments of community members, students and alumni during its May 19 communication meeting.
    
Throughout the evening, the W.T. Clarke High School Brass Ensemble, Brass Band and Parkway Elementary School String Quartet performed musical numbers for those gathered in the conference room at the Leon J. Campo Salisbury Center.  
    
Continuing a tradition set forth by Board trustee Jeffrey Rosenking, the Board and central administration recognized the contributions of community veterans who have served our country. They honored members of American Legion Post 1082 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2736 with the Distinguished Service Award for their service to the country and for providing East Meadow students with a variety of scholarships to continue their education. While the brass ensemble performed the “Armed Forces Medley,” Daniel Carbonare, a veteran with American Legion Post 1082, accepted the award on behalf of both organizations.
    
The evening continued with the Board, central administration and East Meadow High School Principal Richard Howard acknowledging the recipients of the Girl Scout Gold and Boy Scout Eagle awards for their active citizenship and efforts to make their community and schools a better place.
    
 “On behalf of East Meadow High School and W.T. Clarke High School, we congratulate these young men and women for their organizational and leadership skills, and for their sense of community that comes from ‘going for the Gold,’” Howard said.  
    
Following these prestigious awards, East Meadow High School alumnus Dr. Harvey J. Miller was recognized with an award of excellence for his ongoing commitment to ensuring the health and safety of the district’s children. He was presented with the honor by the Board, central administration and Dr. Frank Saracino, a former East Meadow High School principal and district superintendent.
    
After 12 years, Dr. Miller’s medical work has changed New York State Education Law to allow students with patient-specific prescriptions to carry portable nebulizers for bronchial asthma exasperations anywhere on school grounds before, during and after school hours. The district is in full support of this new law and will now have nebulizers available for students who participate in interscholastic athletics, as well as in before- and after-school activities, on school grounds.  
    
Dr. Miller is an allergy immunology and asthma specialist who has been practicing medicine for 28 years at Southside Hospital Northwell Health. He founded the Asthma Education and Support Program at Southside and belongs to the hospital’s teaching service pediatric department. In 2015, Southside named him Teacher of the Year and granted him its Community Award for his contributions to teaching and community service.
    
Concluding the evening, Woodland Middle School Principal James Lethbridge and W.T. Clarke Middle School Principal Stacy Breslin acknowledged the May and June “Terrific Kids.” Sponsored by the East Meadow Kiwanis Club, the Terrific Kids program recognizes sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who continually improve as individuals, students and members of the community.