Congratulations to Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Month for March, 9 year-old Antonio Giannola and 13 year-old Bayron Varela.
Antonio, a fourth grader at Connolly Elementary School, wants to be a lawyer when he grows up. He is a thoughtful and well-disciplined young man who prides himself in doing his schoolwork on time, following the rules and respecting his peers, teachers and mentors. His favorite subject is math. He is part of a lacrosse team and plays the trumpet and violin. Antonio has been a member of the Club for six months where he enjoys participating in all the activities the Club has to offer. “I really like coming to the Club. I feel comfortable here and I have made a lot of friends. My group leader Mr. Jordan (Alexander) has been especially kind. He helps me with my homework, he talks to me and treats me like a friend but he is also has high expectations of me to do better,” said Antonio.
Bayron Varela became a member of the Club after participating in the Club’s Summer program this past season. A seventh grader at the Robert M. Finley Middle School, his favorite subject is science and his favorite sport is soccer. Bayron has now been a member for nine months and is thoroughly enjoying his experience at the Club. Of his time at the Club, Bayron had this to say, “I feel safe and welcome here. Miss Desirae (O’Neill) helps me with my homework and the other kids also help me. Everyone looks out for you and everyone has the best interest in you. I have made a lot of friends, friends I would not have made otherwise and my grades are improving, especially in math.” Bayron wants to help others when and he hopes to be able to do so by becoming a Glen Cove police officer when he grows up.