Keeping Up With Cooke – November

Cooke Alum on ABC News!

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Sam Antar was all smiles when he was offered a full-time, paid position as a “granologist” at Luv Michael, a healthy snack business.

Based in Long Island City, Luv Michael’s mission is to provide meaningful employment for young adults with autism.

Sam told ABC News that after working at Luv Michael, he’d like to move on and become a chef. “I’m learning a lot at Luv Michael,” he said. “I love baking and cooking.

We are thrilled to see our alumni succeed after graduating from Cooke. Watching them be meaningfully engaged in their communities as employed, self-assured adults brings our mission to fruition! We’re SO PROUD of you, Sam. Way to go!!!

#WeLoveCooke 💛💚💙 

Cooke’s 30th Anniversary Founders Celebration and Student Art Exhibit is November 29th! 

Join Cooke School for a fun parent night out! On November 29th, Cooke will host our 30th anniversary Founders celebration and student art exhibit. In case you don’t already know – Cooke student artwork is A-mazing!!! Oh, and have we mentioned that we’ll provide FREE childcare for Cooke students? (Just register by November 22nd). Hope to see you there! It’s always great fun. #WeLoveCooke

The video of our SKILLs event at Tao Downtown is in… Check it out!

Special thanks to all who made the event at Tao Downtown NYC, possible. Our SKILLs students had a terrific time partnering with the volunteers at YPO and Strategic Groups. They all truly enjoyed the unique opportunity of learning sushi making from the best in the business. This video was shot at the event and gives a small taste of the amazing evening that was enjoyed by all! 

Cooke’s Coin Campaign, a success! 

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Special thanks to Sterling National Bank for partnering with Cooke for our coin campaign. 
Pictured here:  (left to right) : Josi De La Cruz, JoAnn LoFrisco (Sterling National Bank), Michael Termini, Michael Eaton (Cooke School)

Cooke’s school wide coin campaign has garnered as much as 90% parent/family participation in the past, this year we had 96% family participation! Through your generous contributions of change and dollars, we raised… $4500!!! Thank you to all our Cooke families and friends who participated. A little change certainly became big change!

Dates to Remember


  • Please Note – December 1: Ring Day at Cooke Academy (Date changed from November 17)

  • November 23-24: Thanksgiving Break – School CLOSED

  • November 28: Giving Tuesday! #SupportCooke 

  • November 29: SAVE THE DATE – Cooke‘s Founders Celebration & Art Exhibit