Landing Hosts PRIDE Ceremony


Landing fifth-graders celebrated the conclusion of its participation in the City of Glen Cove City’s PRIDE program during a ceremony on June 7.

The PRIDE (peer resistance, instruction, drug and education) is an eight-week program, which brings City of Glen Cove Police Department members into the district’s elementary schools to educate children on a variety of topics, including drugs, cyberbullying and stranger danger.

Highlighting the ceremony was the presentation of a special book that Landing fifth-graders created for members of the police department, under the direction of Sgt. Jack McDougal and AIS teacher Donna Staab titled “Reflections of the Thin Blue Line.” The commemorative book is a compilation letters, poems, stories and pictures created by the students to pay tribute to the brave members of the police department.

City of Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello attended the celebration and commended the students on the creation of the book, which he described as “amazing.” The mayor also told students that the City of Glen Cove was proud of them all.  

Superintendent Dr. Maria Rianna was also in attendance and told students she reflected on what students learned as part of the PRIDE program.

“You are all getting older and as you get older you’re going to have to make decisions and we want to give you all of the skills necessary, all of the tools and knowledge necessary for you to make good choices. Not just for yourself, but for your friends and your family,” Dr. Rianna said.  

The ceremony concluded with students explaining what they learned during the program and receiving certificates of achievement.