New Discovery Closing Nears

After 29 years in the community, the center will soon close its doors. We want your stories.


  For many area kids it was their first experience with school and for many parents, it was the first time they had to let go of their hands, sending them off to meet the new teacher.

Help us gather memories and photos by sharing yours as we say good-bye. If you have a memory or photo you would like to share, send them to Jennifer.sloat@patch.com for an upcoming story.


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Francis Fayaud June 14, 2012 at 12:30 PM
My stepmom is a teacher there, So was very dedicated!!
Melissa Langino June 14, 2012 at 01:55 PM
This was the first school that my son Matthew attended and we have such a heartfelt admiration of the teachers and staff. Miss Bonanno is an energetic, creative and all around outstanding nursery school teacher. We wish her and the the rest of the wonderful staff at New Discovery nothing but the best always. Thank you for all of your love! The Langino family, Kings Park
Parent June 14, 2012 at 02:28 PM
She was the best teacher my child (10 years later) has ever had!! Wish there were more like her! Thank you Mrs. Fayaud!
Dawn Bent June 14, 2012 at 02:53 PM
My mom, Pam Ziccardi, taught there for nearly 20 years before retiring. ND was my children's first taste of school and they were positively impacted as a result. I will be forever grateful to Mrs. Ebert, Mrs. Fayaud and all the other staff (especially my Mom!)
bill smith June 14, 2012 at 02:56 PM
When i was still a active member of the kings park fire dept .once in a while we would take a fire engine to the school for a show and tell. The kids always loved it.
CAB June 14, 2012 at 09:38 PM
My daughter went there as a 3 y.o. in 1990-1991, and as a 4 y.o. in 1991-1992. Wonderful memories, and teachers, I remember Mrs. Mueller, Mrs. Casey, Mrs Ziccardi, Mrs. Fayaud, Mrs. Abaldo (asst teacher). My daughter ran off to class and enjoyed every minute of it, and I stood in the hall and cried :) My favorite memory is the "field trips" they took , walking with the long rope with hand holds for each child. They went to the mailbox (lol), library and FD!!! I loved that they had a computer room! It was a wonderful start for my daughter in her education, as today she is in Med School!
Joan Seery June 15, 2012 at 12:39 AM
My daughter Jeana was one of the first year students to attend the Discovery Center in Kings Park when it was first opened around 1982 or 1983. The original teachers were Louise Grazia, Dee Wilkens and Kathy Ebert. It was a wonderful experience and a wonderful preschool. So sad after 29 years that it is closing.
Jennifer Sloat (Editor) June 15, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Bill, that's great. If you dig up a photo, we would love to see it.
Nicole June 15, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Don't forget Mrs. June Wagner... I met my first friend (above poster Dawn's ^ sister!) in a 4 yr old class and was looking forward to sending my own almost-3-yr-old to ND.
Anna Marmorato June 20, 2012 at 12:12 AM
Miss Bonanno, was the best teacher ever. She was a dedicated and loving teacher to all her students. I know that she will be missed by all!
Jim June 22, 2012 at 09:28 PM
My two children attended New Discovery and both had Miss Bonanno as their teacher. They loved her and it was obvious that she went above and beyond for the kids in her class. She is the best teacher that they've had and will be missed by the Kings Park community I'm sure. My children still sing the educational songs that they learned there.
Team Abby August 23, 2012 at 03:43 PM
My daughter attended New Discovery their last year as well. She had Miss Bonanno for summer camp in 2011 and then as an assistant teacher during Miss Fayaud's class in 2011/2012. Miss Bonanno not only goes above and beyond for her kids, she's exceptionally passionate and dedicated to what she does. We hired her this summer to prep my daughter for kindergarten with great results.


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