Number of Participants: 22
Hours Donated: 3
Value of Time Served: $558
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: September 23, 2015
New York 11561, United States
Long Beach students joined others from neighboring communities once again for the annual Surfers Healing Surf Camp at Lido West Town Beach. The event provided a day of uplifting experiences in the calmness of the ocean for students in Long Beach High School’s Life Skills program and the special education program housed at East School.
Professional Surfers Healing instructors brought students out on long boards individually and gave everyone the opportunity to create their own surfing journeys as they left their comfort zones and rode waves back to shore. They were cheered on and congratulated by members of the Long Beach High School surf team, who proudly handed out medals and high-fives. Students in the high school’s marching band and color guard also volunteered and led the event’s opening ceremony. Staff members, parents and other attendees, including Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, showed support as well.
Surfers Healing seeks to enhance the lives of children and teens with special needs, specifically those with autism. The combination of this organization’s stellar team and the ocean’s therapeutic effect has been making a difference in the lives of its participants for 16 years. This was one of many one-day Surfers Healing camps held across the nation, and was organized in partnership with the Town of Hempstead.
Photos courtesy of the Long Beach School District
1: Long Beach students, administrators and other staff members gathered at Lido West Town Beach for a day of surfing. Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray joined the Surfer’s Healing attendees to support them.
2: A Surfer’s Healing instructor assisted East School student Jagger Chernoff in riding a wave back to shore.
3: Long Beach High School student Armando Munez showed off his new surfing skills.
4: East School student Daniel Vidallon received a medal after achieving surfing success.
5: Tiffany Canners and Anthony McLaughlin were among the Long Beach High School students who volunteered to help out at the event by handing out medals and cheering on the surfers.