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Liberty Partnership Calendar


The Liberty Partnership Program is under the  advisorship of Mrs. Mandella. The program services approximately 45 students from all four grade levels. This program is designed to target students that fall into an at risk category. These students are encouraged to participate in activities that are specifically designed to improve self esteem, academic studies and an all around sense of self.
We try to choose a theme each year that we can build our program around. This year's theme is "LIBERTY ARTS". We will be planning and attending trips and workshops throughout the year that integrate the Arts; A Christmas Show, Marine Workshops, MOMA, The Holocaust Museum and much more. We invite guest speakers to our school, this year we are having a speaker from the Holocaust society and Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Another aspect of our program at O'Connell High School is community service. Our first project this year is the food drive and the holiday childrens party for the homeless shelter.
Please visit our page often to see current pictures of all of our adventures.

The Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) was created in 1988 as a legislative response to New Yorks school dropout rate. The goals of LPP are to (1) establish collaborative and supportive partnerships between degree-granting postsecondary education institutions, public and non-public K-12 schools, parents, and other stakeholders that will develop and implement comprehensive programs designed to improve the abilities of at-risk youth to (2) graduate from high school and (3) prepare for competitive entry into postsecondary education and the workforce.

 The New York State Education Department awards grants to degree-granting postsecondary education institutions, in collaboration with public and non-public schools and districts, parents and other community stake holders to develop and implement year-round comprehensive programs and services that target youth enrolled in grades 5-12.

Learn More About Liberty Partnership

Salt Marsh Ecology Workshop

Watch us squirm with some of natures friendliest insects!


Group Sewing Lessons Lead To A Beautiful Quilt
Here we are, each trying to learn how to use a sewing machine and make a pillow.

Nancy works hard to show each student how to sew patchwork.

Raquel cannot believe how excited Mrs. M is because she sewed her first pillow.

Here is the final quilt. We donated
our quilt to Project Redirect which
is a homeless shelter located in
our community.

Students made pillows to practice their quilting skills prior to making the real one.

LPP Meets Every Monday in Room 234 after school at 2:30
Don't forget to check out our calendar of events

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