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(Manhasset, NY)

Manhasset, NY (December 3, 2018) – How often have you heard about an 8 year old student having a book published? Almost never, if ever, right?  Well, Amazon recently published The Story of Zachary and the Cookie by one of Manhasset’s very own 3rd grade students, Avery Gray, a student at Shelter Rock.

For that matter, he almost never stops writing.  According to his mother, Tasha Pulling, she will often find him writing into the night.  Also note that she is also his inspiration and role model, since she herself is a also published author.

His idea for this story came from the Arnie and the Donut book. The story completely captured his imagination. He was totally fascinated. Always conceptualizing, he just had to write this story about Zachary and the cookie. In addition, he opted to include pages with various cartoon type figures for coloring. He liked the idea about adding these “extras”.

At Shelter Rock, Avery likes reading, spelling, writing, science and music.  He also attends Adventures in Learning, the afterschool program at the EOC on High Street. Avery loves Adventures because it allows him time to do homework, and, what else?  Write!

Recently, New York State Senator-Elect Anna Kaplan visited Adventures and met Avery.  They sat down together and he read passages from his book to her.  She was very impressed.  “First of all, Avery is such a wonderful boy.  His creativity is impressive, but even more so was his commitment to have his book published. It is so important for children to follow their dreams.”

Diana Holden, Executive Director of Adventures in Learning, noted that “everyone at Adventures is thrilled for Avery.  The atmosphere at Adventures fosters creativity as Avery has shown.  We are so proud of him and look forward to his next publication.”

You can check Avery’s book out on Amazon.

Founded 50 years ago by the Congregational Church in Manhasset, Adventures in Learning is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  This after-school program is located on the third floor of the Hagedorn Community Center in the Manhasset/Great Neck EOC building at 65 High Street, Manhasset.  Most particularly, it is dedicated to improving the lives of children in Manhasset and Great Neck in need of after school care and instruction.

 

https://theislandnow.com/news-98/avery-gray-published-author/

https://www.amazon.com/Story-Zachary-Cookie-Avery-Gray/dp/1723415677/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Zachary+the+Cookie&qid=1549981925&s=gateway&sr=8-1

ADVENTURES IN LEARNING
65 High Street

Manhasset, NY 11030

516-365-7131

PRESS RELEASE

ADVENURES IN LEARNING STUDENT IS A PUBLISHED WRITER

 

 

For further information, contact: Diana Holden: 516-318-1345 or Eleanor Lange: 516-627-1818

(Manhasset, NY) [current-date:long]

The New York Sportscene Children’s Foundation

Presents a Holiday Party

For

Head Start and Adventures

 

Thank you so much for hosting the incredible holiday party for our Adventures in Learning children.

Your generosity is much appreciated.  Our children had an amazing time.  We are so grateful. 

 

For further information, contact: Diana Holden: 516-318-1345 or Eleanor Lange: 516-627-1818

(Manhasset, NY) [current-date:long]

ANNUAL FUND CHALLENGE APPEAL

December, 2018

Dear Friends:

For 50 years, Adventures in Learning has provided after-school programs for the underserved children in our Manhasset community by offering a safe environment in which their academic performance and life skills can be developed and supported. Virtually all of our 70 public school children have one or two working parents, yet 90% of them live at or below the poverty line. Without Adventures, many of these elementary school children would return from school to empty homes with no one to help with their homework. Adventures provides academic and enrichment programs together with a caring and safe environment, producing dramatic results:

• Over 75% of our students graduate from high school and 90% of those go on to college
• Reading improvement – 6 month to 2 year increase
• Increased math proficiency on all grade levels
• Summer camp scholarships offered to 95 students

We are writing to you because we NEED YOUR HELP! While Adventures works in cooperation with the Manhasset Public Schools, we receive NO funding from the District. Our programs are dependent on YOUR contribution. This year, a long-time supporter of Adventures has generously provided an ANNUAL FUND CHALLENGE. They have agreed to match all donations received by midnight on January 31, 2019 up to $100,000 – so your donation will be doubled! Please consider helping Adventures in its critical Annual Fund Appeal by becoming a sponsor at one of the following levels:

• Platinum $10,000 – annual fund star contributor
• Gold $5,000 – sponsor a child for a full year
• Silver $2,500 – support teacher salary for a year
• Benefactor $1,000 – support classroom supplies for a year
• Friend $500 – support enrichment programs
• Donor $10 – $499 – help provide nourishing snacks

All gifts, large and small are welcomed and needed. Remember, 100% of your donation is tax deductible, and if you donate by the end of the year, the power of your gift will be doubled! Adventures in Learning is right in our backyard and is a charity where your support will make a significant difference in a deserving child’s life.

With many thanks,

William C. Collard
President

Adventures in Learning Board of Directors and Annual Fund Committee

William Collard, President Suzy Alpert Francisco Diaz Prinston Palmer
Dee Conway, Vice President Carlton Brown Karen Ferby-Guy Connie Parsons
John Jeffrey, Treasurer Vincent Chiarucci Mary Fran Jeffrey Clare Peters
Robert Schaffrath, Secretary Brett Coppens Rose Lavelle Michael Ryan
Diana Holden, Executive Director Ellen Coughlin Mary McGorry Traci Viklund

For further information, contact: Diana Holden: 516-318-1345 or Eleanor Lange: 516-627-1818

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