The following is a brief list of available service opportunities.This is not a complete list. New opportunities continue to open up from month to month:
Extra curricular: These are special projects sponsored by the different school clubs: Student Council, Yorkers, Builders, SADD, Ecology Club, etc. Students learn about these opportunities through daily P.A. announcements.
Hosts/Guides: Students regularly serve as hosts/guides for special school events.
Peer Tutoring: Student volunteers assist teachers during extra help on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday. They also assist students on a 1-1 basis by assignment. Assignments are made by the Honor Society Advisor. Peer Tutoring is available throughout the school year.
Music Tutoring: Student volunteers from Band/Orchestra conduct practice sessions on a 1-1 basis with beginning band students. Music tutors are assigned by Mr. Gilley.
NCMC Toys for Tots Visit: In December, students from Merrick Avenue and the district high schools visit the patients and distribute toys and gifts.
Car Wash: Usually sponsored by PTA or Student Council. Open to all students in grade 7 and 8.
Street Fairs: Bellmore and Merrick each sponsor a Street Fair in the Fall. Many Merrick Avenue students participate in the street fairs.
A CAPPELLA – Talented students have an opportunity to sing together without musical accompaniment and perform throughout the year in a group known as "Word of Mouth."
ART CLUB - Students work in various media to produce individual projects.
BOOK CLUB - Students will read and discuss books that they choose as a group.
BUILDERS CLUB - A "junior" Kiwanis Club, students do community service and fund-raising, sometimes in conjunction with high school Key Clubs.
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA - Students learn and perform specially arranged music for strings, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The group performs at assisted living centers, community gatherings and the Winter Concert, and only meets during the fall semester.
CHEERLEADING AND KICKLINE - Students are selected by tryouts for these pep squads.
COMPUTER CLUB - Students investigate possibilities of the computer not covered during class time.
COOKING CLUB - Students prepare delicious recipes for their dining pleasure.
DRAMA - Students participate in various aspects of a production, including acting, set design, lighting, and other theatrical skills.
ECOLOGY CLUB - Students work with a science teacher to recycle, beautify the grounds, and study the environment of the neighborhood.
HONOR SOCIETY - Students identify and carry out service projects.
INTRAMURAL SPORTS - All seasons, before and after school - archery, indoor soccer, fitness center, volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, tennis, lacrosse, aerobics
JAZZ ENSEMBLE - Students learn and perform Jazz, Jazz Rock and other related styles of music. An audition is required to join this group which performs for the Spring Concert and meets only after the Winter Concert is over.
LITERARY MAGAZINE - Students write poetry, short stories, and articles for the publication and student artists illustrate. The magazine is published annually.
MATH CLUB - Students participate in various math competitions. All students are eligible.
NEWSPAPER - Rampage comes out three times a year, and contains news and opinions about school issues.
ODYSSEY OF THE MIND - Students prepare a project for local, state and national competition.
P.A.W.S - Students participate in projects and activities that provide assistance to organizations which help animals, and learn and teach others about animal welfare issues.
SADD - Students Against Destructive Decisions concentrates on drug and alcohol abuse prevention and on good citizenship. Sensitivity to handicapping conditions is developed and service to the physically and mentally challenged population is performed.
SCIENCE CLUB - Students participate in trips, competitions and preparation of projects for contests.
STUDENT COUNCIL - Class officers are elected and one volunteer student from each homeroom represents that class at student council meetings.
YEARBOOK - Published annually by students.