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An Effort to buildOn

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Members of the buildOn club at Mepham High School recently visited Senegal, Africa along with several parents to build a school in the village of Keur Yorro after raising $49,020.

The group was comprised of 17 students that supported buildOn, an international nonprofit organization that runs youth service programs and builds schools in developing countries. The organization has partnered with villages for nearly 30 years to build more than 1,2000 primary schools in Nicaragua, Haiti, Malawi, Nepal and three West African countries. These schools have more than 150,000 students attending.

Prior to fundraising and the building of the school, Keur Yorro had one temporary classroom. With the new school built, buildOn’s Enroll Program will work to get more students in school and increase the number of teachers and grade levels taught. The village of Keur Yorro is a community of approximately 250 people located in the Fatick region. 

The district thanks the students for their incredible efforts and dedication. A special thanks is also owed to teacher Charlotte Hayes for working with the group all year to help raise the money.

Skating with the Best of the Best

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The district was proudly represented by Calhoun High School sophomores Ryan Friedman and Anthony Khaimov at USA Hockey’s Select Under-15 Development Camp in Amherst, N.Y. from July 14-20.

The development camp offered six days of age-appropriate on- and off-ice training, coaching from elite-level instructors and the opportunity for players to compete against their peers from across the country. The camp was designed so players could return home with the tools to further develop their skills over the course of the coming season and beyond. Since 1977, USA Hockey’s National Player Development Camps have been a springboard for countless future Olympians and professional players. 

Ryan and Anthony qualified for the development camp by attending two highly competitive tryouts with the best players in New York. Ryan, a forward, competed on team Black that finished eighth, and Anthony, a defenseman, played on the fifth ranked team Kelly during the week-long camp. Each had a fantastic time and were thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in a camp where many top National Hockey League players have competed in the past.

The district is very proud of Ryan and Anthony for their accomplishments and look forward to their contributions to the varsity hockey team for the upcoming winter season.

Revised Information Regarding Religious Exemption to Vaccination


Calhoun Construction Update 7/19/19


Dear Neighbors,


The contractor has informed us that they anticipate street sweeping on Webster Avenue on Monday 7/22/19.


Thank you,

Jon Simpkins


Students Lend a Helping Hand

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Throughout the 2018-19 school year, Grand Avenue Middle School students worked hard to raise money for the district’s Community Cupboard. Through two separate projects, the students raised $2,575. 

Through the first initiative, student volunteers sold pretzels from Philly Pretzel Factory after school. This effort helped to generate a net donation of $2,250 for the Cupboard.

The second endeavor involved student athletes taking part in community service by collecting plastic recyclable bottles from around the school. Thanks to the relationship and help of the Bellmore Beverage Center, the initiative raised $325. Grand Avenue thanks Joe Sciara and Steve Johnson from the center in their assistance with separating and counting the bottles.

Housed at Brookside School’s administrative building, the cupboard is a fully stocked food pantry for local families in need. The district congratulates and thanks all of the involved students for their outstanding effort in helping to provide for the Community Cupboard.

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