The Rotary Club Honors an Outstanding HHS Student
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Hauppauge High School senior, Jalin Flores, has discovered the joy and satisfaction that is gained by giving of himself in the service of helping others. His compassion and dedication was recognized and honored by the Hauppauge Chapter of the Rotary Club. The Rotary Club named Jalin "Student of the Month" for April 2018. He was invited to a breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club by Chapter President Patricia Bowens McCarthy.
Mr. Flores moved to the Hauppauge Public School District (HPS) just before his sophomore year. Before coming to Hauppauge, Jalin was an athlete participating in wrestling and baseball. Moving from New Rochelle to Hauppauge, Jalin shifted his focus and attention to helping others.
He became a Junior Firefighter and soon earned the rank of Captain. He discovered a passion for teaching others. Mr. Flores moved on from the Junior Firefighters to become an EMS worker in Central Islip. He returns often to help teach the Junior Firefighters coming up.
In his two years on the Ambulance Squad as an EMS, Jalin was inspired to set his sights on a career in Nursing. He was accepted to five of the six schools to which he applied. In a savvy financial move, Jalin has decided to go to Suffolk Community College for two years after which he hopes to join the select few in the Nursing program at SUNY Stony Brook.
Mr. Flores is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Club, the History Club and Interact. He took part in the Junior Achievement’s High School Heroes Partnership spending a day with the students of the Forest Brook Elementary School and teaching them business-related life skills. His natural leadership abilities were recognized as Jalin was made the manager for the second and third grades. He is participating in the International Baccalaureate program.
The Rotary Club is proud to select Jalin Flores as the honoree for the April 2018 “Student of the Month" program. The next selection will be revealed at the May 23rd Rotary Meeting.
Hauppauge High School (HHS) Assistant Principal Joy Ferrara, who was in attendance, got an overwhelming surprise when the Rotary President announce that Ms. Ferrara will be honored this summer at the Rotary’s annual Golf Day event. Ms. Ferrara is being recognized for all her work in making the “Student of the Month” program possible.
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Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world. The first area is promoting peace. Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. They train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas.
The second area of focus is fighting disease. Rotary educates and equips communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for over 30 years, and their goal of ridding the earth of this disease is in sight. They started in 1979 with vaccinations for 6 million children in the Philippines. Today, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan are the only countries where polio remains endemic. To contribute to the end polio effort, visit https://www.endpolio.org/.
Rotary is focused on providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. They share their expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure the projects succeed long-term.
The fourth area of focus is dedicated to saving mothers and children. Nearly 6 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. Rotarians expand access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger.
Rotary supports education. More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Rotary's goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
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