As the first full week of school comes to an end, we are given the chance to stand on the cusp of two seasons. With summer 2012’s end comes a farewell to crazy weather patterns, the London Olympics and the senseless incidents of random gun violence. Coming up on the horizon is an election shrouded in enough vitriol that to call it contentious would be a significant understatement. But despite these dark clouds, the other commonality we’re all sharing is the start of a new school year. And when it comes to education, this is one area that the Floral Park-Bellerose School District and the Sewanhaka Central High School District have plenty of reasons to be overflowing with optimism. The numerous accolades and awards that the student body regularly pulls in are way too numerous to list in this limited space. But given the fact that Sewanhaka High School’s recent graduating class raked in close to $8 million in scholarships is only further validation that school does indeed spring eternal in the Village of Floral Park.
— Dave Gil de Rubio