for breaking news visit www.timesnewsweekly.com MARCH 26, 2015 • The times 15 s kids & education UPK COMING THIS SEPTEMBER TO MASPETH’S PRECIOUS MOMENTS A whole new universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) program in Maspeth is coming this fall. Annette Vallone-Rocchio, director of Precious Moments Nursery School and Day Care in Maspeth and Whitestone, expressed her excitement over the expansion. The Whitestone location already has a UPK program. Precious Moments’ Whitestone school opened in 1992, followed three years later by the Maspeth location. Vallone-Rocchio noted the schools opened to address the need for day care and after-school activities in both neighborhoods. Adding UPK-- a city-supported program offering free education for four-year-olds-- fulfills yet another growing need in Maspeth, she added. Both Precious Moments locations, Vallone-Rocchio noted, will also offer expanded summer day camps featuring a variety of activities including weekly trips, acting, singing, performances, theme parks, movies, museums, paintings and music lessons. The camps are quickly filling up, and there are about 25 seats available at each location. “We are doing a tremendous amount of work at the Maspeth school,” she added. “We have newly remodeled rooms at both schools that are beautiful.” Looking ahead, Vallone-Rocchio hopes to add an indoor classroom at the Maspeth school. The Whitestone location’s indoor playground proved quite popular during the winter months. She offered much credit to the teachers at both locations for instilling a nurturing and caring environment, fulfilling her personal motto and commitment to children. Scouts soar to Eagle rank in Ozone Park Four Boy Scouts in south Queens recently earned the Eagle rank, the highest a scout can attain, during a ceremony at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Ozone Park. Antonio Cruz, Brian Jensen, Timothy Thomas and Steven Zombek earned their Eagle Scout badges for successfully executing a community project in their neighborhoods. Joining their families and fellow scouts in honoring their achievements were Assemblyman Mike Miller, State Senator Joseph Addabbo, City Councilman Eric Ulrich, Scoutmaster James Bleakney and Assistant Scoutmaster Carl Schmitti. Honoring students of the month in Woodhaven Assemblyman Mike Miller recognized top students at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Academy earlier this month. The honorees, pictured with Miller and St. Thomas the Apostle Principal Joseph Carpenter, are Nayah Cardova, Ariana Rivera and Tayance Clark.
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