Babylon BOE Accepts Donation for Science Research Center

The Babylon Board of Education accepted a generous donation in the amount of $200,000 from Theresa Santmann and the Theresa Patnode Santmann Foundation, Inc. at its public board meeting on June 11. It was announced that the funds will be used to transform an existing art room at Babylon High School into a state-of-the-art science research center.
Santmann, a Babylon resident who founded the Little Flower Nursing and Adult Homes in East Islip, also donated $5,000 in recognition of the Babylon School District's participation in the second annual Babylon Art Festival, which was held earlier this month in Old Town Hall.
The Board also recognized and honored the Babylon High School boys varsity lacrosse team for earning the NYSPHSAA award for top scholar-athlete team in New York State. Additional recognitions and awards went to the high school varsity baseball and softball teams, which both won Long Island championships this year. Babylon High School track stars Ashley Lucas and Emerald Vickers also took home certificates for representing the district at the New York State Track & Field Championships earlier this month.
 In other matters, the board honored Babylon High School's award-winning art students Alliston Buser, Amanda Crowley, Brendan Laing, Taylor Middleton, Gabrielle Simone, Nicole Smith, Melissa Tolve and Mabel Ye, each of whom won 2012 Awards of Excellence for their art exhibits at the Babylon Art Festival.