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The Wantagh Foundation for Educational Excellence was created to mobilize community support, commitment and resources to enhance public education in the Wantagh community. This non-profit independent organization founded by Wantagh residents and business leaders in 1993 has several fundamental goals: To provide financial and creative support to the Wantagh Public Schools by identifying and mobilizing available resources; To foster partnerships among school, community and industry; and finally, To enhance cooperation and understanding while encouraging innovation and creativity in meeting the challenges facing public education in the 21st century.
One of the Foundation’s major programs is the Summer Academy, designed to help Wantagh students meet the challenges of more rigorous assessments and higher standards. The program is staffed completely by New York State certified teachers, and has a diversified course offering with special emphasis on reading and math skills.
The Foundation also hosts a series of “Teen Center” after-school enrichment programs which are listed on this year’s calendar. “Teen Center” programs will be held for Middle School students. The program includes elements requested by the students themselves, and spans a wide range of offerings including academic assistance, computer skills and technology, professional guidance assistance, and recreational activities. The program also includes a strong element of community service, as a vehicle for encouraging civic pride and personal accomplishment.