State education officials joined Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention last week at PS 150 to announce that sample K-12 grade curriculum on sepsis prevention is now available for educators.
Sepsis is an extreme response to infection, and is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. Officials say it claims more American lives than AIDS, breast and prostate cancers and stroke combined.
“We are providing schools with tools to teach our children about the dangers of sepsis and how they can prevent it,” said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa. “This curriculum provides guidance for health teachers to engage students on this important topic. Sepsis prevention education can truly save lives.”
State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said Sepsis is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, and it can be easily prevented.
“It is so important that our young people learn at an early age how to protect themselves from this often-deadly disease,” Elia said. “I urge our educators across the state to use this Sepsis prevention curriculum as a guide to talk to children about the dangers of Sepsis.
Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton started the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention after their son died from Sepsis in April 2012. When Rory got a cut from a fall in school, a deadly toxin entered his body, the family says, leading to his death.
“Rory lives in our hearts every day and we are very proud of the many lives that have been saved in his name,” the Staunton family said.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblyman Brian Barnwell and Community Board 2 Chair Denise Keehan-Smith toured new facilities at PS 11 in Woodside and PS 125 in Sunnyside last week.
The new buildings are set to open for the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
The 350-seat, $92 million PS 11 annex in Woodside and the $84 million annex to PS 125 in Sunnyside replaced old facilities. They will now include brand new classrooms, technology, libraries, dace studios and cafeterias.
“Together, these projects bring nearly 1,000 new seats to alleviate overcrowding and represent a nearly $200 million investment in our children, which is an investment in the future of our community,” Van Bramer said.
Sunnyside resident Aaron Greenberg was selected as a 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholar.
Greenberg is one of 161 high school seniors who demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service and contribution to school and community.
Presidential Scholars were honored in Washington, D.C. in June. The 20 Scholars in Arts performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Greenberg performed “Nigel’s Lament” from the Broadway play “Something Rotten!”
“I commend Aaron’s hard work, celebrate his talent, and look forward to seeing him excel in the future,” said Congressman Joe Crowley. “To be selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholar is a prestigious honor. It is a distinct honor to see a student from Queens be celebrated so early on in his career.”
Greenberg graduated this year from LaGuardia High School. He performed in plays like “Les Miserables,” “Beauty and the Beast” and “Gypsy.”
The Sunnyside resident will begin training to be a professional actor at Purchase College’s Conservatory of Theater Arts.
State Senator Jose Peralta partnered with local organizations and volunteers to distribute nearly 3,300 backpacks with school supplies during his annual Back to School Giveaway.
More than 20 local orgs, including Woodside on the Move, and sponsors provided services and information at the event at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Corona.
“Education is a basic pillar of society, and providing the critical learning tools to local schoolchildren is vital to ensure they face the challenges of the new academic year in a positive way,” Peralta said. “This is why initiatives like this are crucial in order for kids to have the proper school supplies and tools.”