Last night, Wheatley’s cafeteria was transformed into a Big Band swinging playland! Hosted by our Tri-M Music Honor Society, our annual “Puttin’ on the Ritz” evening was a delight for everyone in attendance. Scores of our residents enjoyed an evening of free food, terrific music, energetic dance and wonderful company.
Our Tri-M students provided table service to all in attendance. The food was delicious, the dessert was tasty, and the coffee was as hot as the music. Wheatley’s Stage Band (under the direction of Dr. Peggy Ho) and our Jazz Band (under the direction of Steve Fitzko) provided wonderful music. Vocal accompaniments on some of the songs were provided by Shruti Goyal and Shrey Gulati. All the while, our guests were able to eat, dance and enjoy themselves.
Thank you to our Tri-M faculty advisor, Ms. Angela Luftig, for her assistance in organizing this event!
Art students at The Wheatley School have joined the Memory Project, a charitable
nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth. The project also allows art students to practice kindness and global awareness while enhancing their portraiture skills.
The Syrian conflict has been called the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Due to years of brutal civil war, millions of families have been displaced and many Syrian children are growing up in refugee camps with no experience of life outside a barbed-wire fence. Each portrait created by the Wheatley students carries a message of kindness and hope from a different world. Each portrait will help them see the beauty of their inner strength and show them they are not forgotten, they are being thought of by those of us here at The Wheatley School and the rest of the world. Our students are telling these children that we care about their memories and their future,
and to show them how much we admire their strength and courage during this tumultuous time in their lives.
Students at The Wheatley School began their participation in the project with Mrs. Girgenti as a part of the Day of Service and Learning in October and continued to work independently outside of class time to complete these beautiful portraits. To do this, the students received photos of children who are waiting for portraits, once finished, they were mailed to the people at the Memory Project. The portraits are then delivered by in person to the children. Once the portraits are delivered we will get a video of the children as they receive them. (This is the most exciting part for those who worked so hard on the artwork. seeing the joy on the children’s faces is priceless) In total, we made portraits for twelve children in Syria this year.
Participating students were Avani Ramnarayan, Eva LaMonica, Ciara O’Brien, Allison Zheng, Emma Leng, Gabby Testani, Sami Chusid, Skylar Blechner.
[Thank you to Mrs. Girgenti for the write-up and the photos!]
Allison Zheng, Gabby Testani, Emma Leng, Skylar Blechner, Sami Chusid, Eva LaMonica, Avani Ramnarayan (missing: Ciara O’Brien)