Watch our special: Above & Beyond 2012
For more than two decades, ABC7 has honored amazing tri-state area students, teachers, administrators and programs whose accomplishments go "Above and Beyond" in the classroom.
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This year our honorees are composed of two teachers and three organizations that have made significant positive differences in their communities:
- Good Jean Lau: She is the P.E. teacher at P.S. 1 in Manhattans in Chinatown. She has more than 25 years of experience teaching in the NYC public school system, yet she still shows up to school each day with the same vigor and enthusiasm that she had on her first day of teaching. Through Good Jean's involvement with the New York Runners Mighty Milers program, she has engaged more than 2,000 students and motivated them to run more than 80,000 miles.
- POSSibilities program: The unique program, which first four letters are in acronym for "Providing Opportunities for Students' Success," allows disabled students enrolled in North Brunswick Township High School to volunteer in their community and gain life experience that will help them transition into adulthood. Students volunteer in various settings dependent upon ability.
- Caroline Duggan: Caroline Duggan began the Keltic Dreams after the students in her class asked why she spoke with a "funny accent." She than began to show them Irish culture, especially Celtic dancing -- and the dance team was soon formed. The dancers have preformed all over, including President Obama.
- Project Reservoir: The project is a multi-year, multi- disciplinary project designed, implemented and maintained by the students of the Christa McAuliffe School in Jersey City. It is focused on the students' efforts to help revitalize and transform an abandoned local reservoir into a first-class, state-recognized recreation and education center.
- StreetSquash: Since 1999, the organization has helped to support Harlem children and their families as they work to overcome the variety of obstacles and challenges that confront them on a daily basis: poverty, crime, overcrowded classrooms, insufficient academic resources and few options for meaningful afterschool programs by combining squash practice with tutoring. 100 percent of the program's graduates go onto college.
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