Science Teacher Honored by Harvard Club

Mepham science teacher Lorrilee Geraci was recently named a Distinguished Teacher of 2015 by the Harvard Club of Long Island.

Geraci is one of 12 teachers from Long Island to receive this award, which seeks to recognize extraordinary people who expend uncounted hours and vast amounts of energy to transform the lives of adolescents.

An educator at Mepham for 22 years, Geraci teaches AP Psychology, Advanced Living Environment and Advanced Science Research. At the March meeting of the Board of Education, she was recognized with a citation.

The Harvard Club of Long Island is comprised of Long Island-based members of the Harvard University community, from professors to honorary degree holders to alumni. The Harvard Club fosters academic rigor through cultural and educational activities on Long Island throughout the year.
Geraci will be honored at a special brunch hosted by the organization on April 26.

French and Italian Honor Societies Give Back

Students at Mepham High School used Foreign Language Week as an opportunity to give back to the community.

The National French and Italian Honor Societies held a peanut butter and jelly lunch drive to prepare bagged lunches for the homeless of Long Island. Students gathered together and prepared 100 sandwiches and snacks, which were delivered to the Interfaith Nutrition Network in Hempstead and distributed to those in need.

The students were thrilled with the outcome and proud to have helped the hungry and homeless in this small way.

District Holds Unifying 5K Walk/Run


Bellmore-Merrick CHSD held its One Voice, One Message 5K Walk/Run from Grand Avenue Middle School to Merrick Avenue Middle School on March 21.

More than 400 people registered for the inaugural run, while dozens more turned out to show their support for the participants despite the cold and slushy weather. Students from all six buildings pitched in, either by registering, or volunteering their time to help launch the monumental event.

The One Voice, One Message 5K began in the parking lot of Grand Avenue, continued on to Merrick Avenue and then circled back to the rear parking lot at Grand Avenue.

The winner in the male category was Chris Perillo at 16:56. The female winner was Doreen Steen, who crossed the line at 17:57.

The event was a symbolic gesture of solidarity among the six schools that comprise the district. Proceeds from the 5K were donated to support pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. The event raised a net total of $10,860 for the hospital.

“In spite of the surprise spring snowstorm, the event was a tremendous success,” said Dr. Joseph Netto, one of the event’s organizers. “From the overwhelming community support to the strong showing from the district's six schools, the 5K indeed demonstrated the principle of ‘One Voice, One Message,’ while highlighting Bellmore-Merrick's giving nature.”

State and local politicians also turned out to lend their support and congratulate the organizers, including Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and New York State Sen. Michael Venditto.

Browse the photo gallery to catch the race from start to finish.

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