October 14, 2013
CONNETQUOT TEACHERS ASSOCIATION CONTINUES
ITS SUPPORT OF THE COHALAN COURT
COMPLEX CHILDREN'S CENTER
CTA President Tony Felicio, Jr., and CRTA President Peter Leis, join fellow children’s advocates at the 2013 Bagels and Books Breakfast at the Cohalan Court Complex Children’s Center in Central Islip.
Bohemia, NY --- Anthony Felicio, Jr., President of the Connetquot Teachers Association (CTA), along with Peter Leis, President of the Connetquot Retired Teachers Association (CRTA), was invited to attend the October 10th Bagels and Books Breakfast at the Children’s Center at the Cohalan Court Complex in Central Islip, NY. Felicio was invited to join fellow children’s advocates who have been working together with the Education & Assistance Corporation (EAC). The EAC operates the Childrens Center to provide a safe area for youngsters while their families are involved in court hearings.
Connetquot teachers have supplied children’s books, healthy snacks, bottled water and fruit juices, tissues and paper towels to be used by the youngsters for several years. Felicio said that “It is such a pleasure to be part of, and in support of the EAC, an organization that helps so many children. As teachers, we go into the profession because we love working with and helping kids. We do that every day within the school house; to be able to have a positive effect on young children outside of the classroom is very gratifying to us.”
The center is open 5 days per week, from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. under the supervision of Head Teacher Wendy Meyer. Last year the Children’s Center serviced over 1,100 children, and since January of 2013 over 700 children, and 600 families, have found comfort at the center. Connetquot teachers will also be providing hats, scarves, gloves and toys to the Children’s Center over the next several months.
Felicio added, “I want all Connetquot teachers to know just how genuinely appreciated their efforts are. I have been reminded by our friends at the EAC that our support is integral to the continuing success of the Children’s Center at the Cohalan Court Complex. I have assured the EAC of the continuing support of the Connetquot Teachers Association.”
(l-r) Cheryl Zimmer, Supreme Court Advisory Board cochair; Rebecca Bell, VP and COO EAC Network; C. Randall Hinrichs, Suffolk County District Administrative Judge; Tony Felicio, Jr., CTA President; Peter Leis, CRTA Presdient; Wendy Meyer, EAC Suffolk Children’s Center Head Teacher/Supervisor; Andrea Ramos-Topper, Regional Director EAC Network.
(l-r) CTA President Tony Felicio, jr., William Lindsay, III and Peter Leis, President of the Connetquot Retired Teachers Association. Lindsay is the son of former Suffolk County Presiding Officer Bill Lindsay, a long-time friend of the Children’s Center, who recently passed away.
photos by Joe Maniaci