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Photos courtesy of Jack Giambanco

A local organization shined a light on unity and friendship for students at an Ozone Park middle school.

On May 18, Jack Giambanco, founder of Friendship Lights, hosted a presentation during M.S. 137’s (America’s School of Heroes) annual Career Day.

Giambanco founded Friendship Lights in 2012 during a time when he believed the world was losing its compassion. After having a colorful and vivid dream, Giambanco created the first prototype for light out of an old credit card and a light diode.

From there, Giambanco has produced hundreds of Friendship Lights that have since been handed out at schools and on the streets of New York City to inspire others to believe in friendship and spread the joy in life.

The legend of the Friendship Light says that if you wish upon a Friendship Light, it will come true just like Giambanco’s did when he created them from a dream.

This is the fourth year that Giambanco has been invited to present to the students at M.S. 137. The presentation, entitled The Friendship Lights UNiTY presentation, sought to inspire the children and open their imaginations. Every student in attendance received a Friendship Light during the presentation.

This year, presenting alongside Giambanco was Johnny Potenza (Johnny P), a late night talk show host on Verizon/Spectrum TV. After his opening monologue, Johnny P sat behind the desk to interview random students from the crowd. Later, the roles were reversed and the students interviewed Johnny P.

New York-based singer Domini Monroe also took part in the presentation. Monroe pulled students from the audience and taught them a few dance moves backstage before putting on a show for the rest of the crowd.

For more information about Friendship Lights, visit their website at www.FriendshipLights.com.

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