to honorCarl BallenasCarl has been teaching for over 30 years in the Brooklyn /Queens Diocese of New York School system, mainly in fields of Social Studies and Science. In 2006 Carl received The National Catholic Educational Association Department of Elementary Schools Distinguished Teacher Award and the Siemens Science Teacher Initiative Award in partnership with the New York Hall of Science. Carl was also The History Channel recipient for "2007 Save Our History Teacher" award for distinguished work with his students and for enabling them to take an active role in the preservation process and bringing the preservation of local history to life in the classroom. Currently, Carl is the moderator of the Aquinas Honor Society at the ImmaculateConceptionSchool in Jamaica, NY where the students have engaged in projects that have garnered local, nation and even international acclaim. These projects include: replacing the lost bronze bust of Jacob Riis for the National Gateway Riis Park in New York and presented to the People of the United States of America in 2010, the creation of a stained glass window entitled The Memorial Window of Peace and Hope which included into its design, pieces of steel from the World Trade Center Twin Towers (provided by the New York City Fire Department.) Under Carl’s guidance, the Aquinas students also wrote two books on local history, published by Arcadia Publishing Co.: Images of America: Jamaica Estates(2010) and Images of America: Jamaica (2011). Outside of the classroom, Carl is listed with the Queens Borough Office as a lecturer for QueensCounty and has co-authored two books, Images of America: Richmond Hill and Images of America: Maple Grove Cemetery. He is the historian for both the town of Richmond Hill and the Maple Grove Cemetery. Currently Carl serves on the Board of Directors for the Richmond Hill Historical Society and is the Chairman of the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery.The "TOP ADVOCATES FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION & EDUCATION" AWARDS RECEPTION takes place on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 6pm to 8pm, at The Mansion at the Woodlands at Woodbury, One Southwoods Road, Woodbury, NY.To register or for more information, call Tracey Gittere at (516) 222-0550 or TGittere@LegendaryEvents.net Proceeds support the Oyster Bay Historical Society's important programs and services! The Oyster Bay Historical Society, http://www.oysterbayhistorical.org/, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a broad public interest in and awareness of the rich and distinctive history of the Town of Oyster Bay, to collect, preserve, and make accessible to everyone artifacts, books, documents, records, photographs, and other materials pertinent to the history and development of Oyster Bay and to stimulate and educate the community through exhibitions, programs, and publications designed to interpret our past, to reflect on our future, and to bring our history to life in the present.
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