For Fontbonne Hall students, a summer of service and studies

September 7, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
As most young people took time off from their school routine, Fontbonne Hall Academy students — “Bonnies” — spent their summers involved in service, sports and internships, apart from summer jobs or family vacations.
Officers and committee chairpersons of the Student Activities Council ended their year with a visit to the Fox5 Newsroom, and immediately began planning their schedules as Bay Ridge volunteers for the National Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 7. SAC girls also assisted the newest Bonnies in their transition to high school during the Annual Freshman Orientation on Aug. 22.
Throughout the summer, students interned at the Home Reporter and in programs at Columbia and Georgetown Universities, Barnard, Marist and Manhattan colleges and in the ACE Mentoring Program.
Several girls traveled to SUNY Brockport as delegates to Empire Girls State, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. Delegates formed a mythical 51st state and learned the principles of responsible citizenship and representative government.
Others volunteered their time to the Sisters of St. Joseph at their Hampton Bays summer home for elderly Sisters, local hospitals, educational summer programs, and as volunteer coaches at Aviator Sports and other community programs.
Not neglecting their athletic side, Fontbonne students participated in travel teams in volleyball, softball and soccer, helped conduct team tryouts for Fontbonne’s JV and Varsity Volleyball teams, and conducted the popular Cheer with the Champions Camp during the first week of August.
Teachers were busy over the summer as well: The Northfield Bank Foundation awarded Fontbonne a grant to provide iPads, software and training to department heads to help them develop curriculum and applications for the 1:1 roll-out in 2013 and to enhance Fontbonne’s strong STEM curriculum.

This article is part of a special Back-to-School advertorial section published in the Brooklyn Eagle’s print editions on Sept. 6, 2012.

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