Students representing all four elementary schools in the district, James A Dever, Howell Road, Wheeler Avenue, and Willow Road, continued a nine-year tradition by participating in the annual “Fantastic Four Volleyball Tournament” held at Valley Stream Memorial Junior High School. “This tournament is called ‘The Fantastic Four’ because you have four fantastic schools in this district,” said Scott Cushing who emceed the event sponsored by Hempstead Town Councilman Edward A. Ambrosino and coordinated through the school district.
“We would not be able to do this without the hard work and support of Assistant Superintendent for Business Meredith Brosnan, your principals, your physical education teachers and our board of education,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Adrienne Robb-Fund in her opening remarks to students. Dr. Robb-Fund was joined courtside by Brosnan and board of education trustees Dr. Frank Chiachiere and Jeanne Greco Jacobs.
Councilman Ambrosino’s support provided funding for the purchase of school- team coordinated tee shirts for the students. The former presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature Bruce Blakeman joined Ambrosino with the ceremonial tip off to start the second round of play.
Students from all schools rotated as teams into court-by-court challenges. Parents, family and friends populated the gymnasium bleachers to cheer on the squads. Game scores were recorded on a large grid but in the end all the students were winners for participating.