Students Treat Board During Recognition Month

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The Bellmore-Merrick Board of Education was at the center of the Nov. 7 meeting, receiving praise and presents from students during School Board Recognition Month.

“When you talk about leading by example, this board does just that,” said Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso.
Through food, art and song, students offered impressive items and extraordinary presentations. 

“You [the board] are a champion for the arts and it is very special to be part of a community that values that,” said Director Fine & Performing Arts Cheryl Fontana.

Student chefs from C.H.A.M.P., the district’s Culinary and Hospitality Applied Management Program, prepared a feast prior to the meeting, including homemade desserts being offered at the actual meeting.

The Merrick Avenue choral group Word of Mouth, led by director Dana Brandwein, sang “Havana,” highlighted by beatboxer and Sanford H. Calhoun High School student, Julia Kirpalani.

Grand Avenue Middle School Art Club students along with their faculty adviser Nicholas Giordano presented potted plants in which they painted the district’s logo.

Calhoun High School art teacher Heather Lohr created a colorful wall art piece inspired by artists Piet Mondrian and Louise Nevelson.

“We really wanted to incorporate a collaborative piece to further showcase Bellmore-Merrick’s unified approach to ensure the success of six different, respective schools,” explained Lohr.