On Nov. 20, over 900 students and faculty from Mepham High School gathered in the gym at Brookside to once again battle for a cause at Mepham's annual Battle of the Classes. The students and faculty competed in a variety of relay events, an oversized volleyball game, tug of war and the Pirate Relay.
In addition, each class designed a banner and dance that were judged by a faculty panel of judges. The Class of 2020 was victorious, winning multiple pre-events and dominating in the relays. This year the charity selected for the Fall service project is the FealGood Foundation. The FealGood Foundation's mission is to provide assistance to 9/11 first responders and to educate public officials and provide entities on the problems, concerns and issues faced by those first responders.
The organization through the leadership of John Feal, played integral role in the passing of the extension of the 9/11 Victim's Compensation Act this past summer. John, along with 9/11 First Responders, Rich Palmer, Mark Mack, Tyson Jones, Felix Dunbar, Eddie Lanza, Mike O'Connell and Rafael Orozco were honored at the event and even participated with the students in some of the relays and tug of war.
The night was organized by the Participation in Government and Senior Experience students and was hosted by Special Education teacher Anthony Augugliaro. To date, Mepham has raised over $8,500 for the FealGood Foundation through the Flag Field and Battle of the Classes.