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Good News: Sandy Hook Fundraiser, Education Awards

Some stories put a smile on your face. Here's our wrap-up from around the area.

As a local news organization, Patch covers stories of all kinds, from heartbreaking tragedies to nitty-gritty breakdowns of government and school district issues. But some stories are simply inspiring, often showing that at the heart of our communities is a desire to do good. Here are some of the touching headlines from the past seven days.

• Babylon Village Patch

Twelve of the 37 Babylon High School students who participated in the New York State DECA Career Conference in Rochester, N.Y., placed in the top 10 in their respective fields.

Read the full story on Babylon Village Patch.

• Deer Park-North Babylon Patch

The North Babylon School District was named among 306 other districts as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education in 2013" by the NAMM Foundation. In its 14th year, Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum. 

Read the full story on Deer Park-North Babylon Patch.

• Half Hollow Hills Patch

Sunquam Elementary School in Melville recently invited Suffolk Legislator Lou D’Amaro, D-Huntington Station, to highlight the importance of reading by participating in its “Mystery Reader Day.”  The special event was held in conjunction with the annual Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) statewide program.

Read the full story on Half Hollow Hills Patch.

• Lindenhurst Patch

The Lindenhurst Middle School PTA recently presented its annual production, and this year it was Disney’s The Little Mermaid, directed by Marie Simmons and Karen Kanavas. From beginning to end, the more than 100 students involved sang and danced and truly dazzled the audiences, according to school officials. Students in all grades were involved in all aspects, including the intricate costumes and set design.

Read the full story on Lindenhurst Patch.

• Patchogue Patch

It was one of the darker moments in a checkered Islanders history and Patchogue-Medford High School graduate and Entourage star Kevin Connolly is capturing it for the Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival audience.

Read the full story on Patchogue Patch.

• Sayville-Bayport Patch

Countless Bayport-Blue Point School District students showcased their creative talents during this year’s PTA Reflections program, themed “The Magic of a Moment.” The students brought this year’s theme to life through such media as dance choreography, literature, photography and visual arts and were judged by panels of local and regional judges. Based on their inspired pieces, 20 students were recognized locally as winners. 

Read the full story on Sayville-Bayport Patch.

• Sachem

A Sachem North alum will be sharing the stage with some legendary musical acts when his band participates in the annual SunFest in West Palm Beach, FL this coming May.

Read the full story on Sachem Patch.

• West Islip Patch

A member of the West Islip High School’s girls’ lacrosse team is looking to help families in Newtown, Conn., who were impacted by the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

Riley Hill and her teammates are teaming with the New York Islanders to host “Laxin’ For The 26” on Saturday, April 6, at the Nassau Coliseum.

Read the full story on West Islip Patch.

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