Mepham Students Promote Literacy with a Buddy and a Book

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Students from Mepham’s Senior Experience Program visited Birch School and Norman J. Levy Lakeside School in the Merrick School District on Nov. 21 to become “reading buddies” for first-grade students. 

Prior to the event, seniors in Marc Achtziger’s and Sarah Bender’s Senior Experience classes learned about the importance of promoting literacy in their community. When the big buddies met their little buddies, the pairs interviewed one another, created a Venn diagram of their similarities and differences, read the little buddy’s favorite book, and discussed the interesting parts of the story. Some pairs drew pictures of a character or scene from the stories they read. 

The idea behind the Reading Buddies program is to promote a lifelong love of reading. This was the first in what Mepham hopes will be a series of visits to the elementary schools. Students will meet periodically throughout the year to develop positive experiences about choosing, reading and discussing age-appropriate books.

This program is also aligned with the Senior Experience Program’s charitable focus: placing books in the hands of young children in Long Island’s communities.

Lady Sharks Recognized at Board Meeting

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The Board of Education recognized members of the district’s aquatic team, the Bellmore-Merrick Sharks, for their remarkable 2014 season.
During the Board’s December meeting, the Lady Sharks were presented with a citation from Board President Joann DeLauter after the team place second in the state at the Swimming and Diving Championships held at Ithaca College two weeks prior.|

In addition to their success at the state meet, the Lady Sharks broke the Nassau County record in the 200 medley relay. The relay, comprised of Mepham’s Jaimie Kaefer and Liz Walsh, Calhoun’s Georgeanne Zimmerman and John F. Kennedy’s Paige Kaplan, finished fourth in the state.

Kaplan also won the state championship in the 100-yard butterfly, setting a new Nassau County record, and tied for fifth in the 200 individual medley.
The 200 freestyle relay, comprised of Jessica Arana, Kerry Giovanniello, Kaefer and Kaplan, finished eighth in the state.