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Prospect Heights

Put your hands together for Thania Hernandez, who has been named Teacher of Year. She received the award at the Sanford Education Collaborative anniversary celebration on Oct. 6 at Long Island University.

The festivities are part of a nationwide initiative to introduce the Sanford Harmony program to schools and districts in the city.

Standing O pal Thania was nominated for her dedication to the program and her students. Sanford Harmony, based on the vision of philanthropist T. Denny Sanford, was developed at Arizona State University and San Diego-based National University, and is now leading and administering the program’s nationwide expansion through its Sanford Education Center.

“Ms. Hernandez has brought T. Denny Sanford’s vision of empowering young children into her classroom and is an inspiring teacher with a unique ability to make a personal connection with her students and their families to foster a caring community,” said, college president Dr. Kimberly R. Cline.

Thania, humbled by the award, celebrated the program.

“The Sanford Harmony program asks students to focus on our shared commonalities while respecting our differences,” she said.

Long Island University has nationally recognized schools of education and is committed to participating in initiatives that transform education through strategic partnerships that align with its standards.

PS 9 [80 Underhill Ave. at Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638–3260].

Coney Island

Bobblehead heroes

It’s a four bagger for the Brooklyn Cyclones. The team made history by winning the Best Overall Promotion for the second straight year, something no other team has done before, at the Minor League Baseball Golden Bobblehead Awards.

This year, out of more than 300 promotions that were nominated, the team won for its Ambush Baseball promotion where, as a way to celebrate its 15th anniversary, the Cyclones surprised two local youth baseball teams and bused them to MCU Park for the full minor-league experience. From invading the locker room, hanging out in the dugout, being introduced over the P.A. system and playing an actual game on the field, these kids had the time of their lives.

Last year, the Cyclones took the Best Overall Promotion crown for its “Salute to Seinfeld Night,” which included a Magic Loogie bobblehead and an appearance by the Soup Nazi himself.

Standing O is giving the team a shout-out, making it three for three for our Clones!

Brooklyn Cyclones at MCU Park [1904 Surf Ave. at W. 17th Street in Coney Island, (718) 449–8497].

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Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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