Long Island Unified School Districtís Foundation for the Advancement of Student Technology
The Roslyn Union Free School District
The Roslyn Union Free School District, a part of the Long Island Schools, is composed of five schools: a pre-kindergarten to first grade school; an elementary school with first to fifth grade; a second elementary school with second to fifth grade; a middle school with sixth to eighth grade; and a high school. The Roslyn Union Free School District serves Long Island's north shore of the Long Island School District. This school district has an enrollment of around three thousand five hundred students. The Long Island School District and specifically the Roslyn Union Free School District has a strong dedication to preparing all students for life in the twenty-first century.
This school district provides a strong science and technologically based education. All students receive computer education in all grades from kindergarten to twelfth grade. As a result the Roslyn Union Free School District has had semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search every year for the past twenty-four years. The school district also has programs in the application of science to the real world. Like all schools in the Long Island School District, the Roslyn School District often seeks additional or outside funding to make their programs a reality. One such source is F.A.S.T. or the Foundation for the Advancement of Student Technology.
The Foundation for the Advancement of Student Technology
The Foundation for the Advancement of Student Technology is a not-for-profit organization that, in close cooperation with the school district, works to increase the Roslyn School Districtís technology education program. This organization also aims to create connections between the school district, local Long Island businesses and the community. The Foundation for the Advancement of Student Technology raises funds by holding various kinds of fundraisers and some technological based events. The Foundation for the Advancement of Student Technology has successfully raised over one hundred fifty thousand dollars for the Roslyn School Districtís computer and technological education programs.
F.A.S.T.ís Golf and Tennis Classic
One such fundraising event is the annual Foundation for the Advancement of Student Technology Golf and Tennis Classic. The fifth Foundation for the Advancement of Student Technology Golf and Tennis Classic was held on June 12th at the Glen Head Country Club. Over the past five years F.A.S.T. has used the Golf and Tennis Classic to fund and support computer related projects and district wide technology based educational seminars.
The Foundation for the Advancement of Student Technology Golf and Tennis Classic is a day long tournament that includes brunch, lunch, cocktails, full course dinner and a silent auction. Every year there are over two hundred participants. The event as recently renamed in memory for Glenn Steinfast, a former news anchor and long time F.A.S.T. supporter.
An additional fundraising effort is the Foundation for the Advancement of Student Technologyís Discount Card which is purchased for around and gives discounts to local businesses in the Roslyn Union Free School District, part of the Long Island Unified School District. The proceeds from the purchased Discount Cards go toward funding the development of computer education.
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