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Community Cupboard Open for Those in Need

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The Community Cupboard, the food pantry run by the Central High School District, is still operational while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We want to continue to spread the word that we are here for them and also to the community that we are collecting donations,” explained Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mara Bollettieri.
There is a container Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for donations at the Brookside building, located at 1260 Meadowbrook Road in Merrick. District staffers Karin McMahon, Catrina Christensen and Darlene Boden are among the volunteers spearheading this effort.
Families in need can visit the district website at
 or call 516-992-1073 for more information. 

Bellmore-Merrick Launches Physical Education App

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Led by Eric Caballero, the Central High School District’s physical education staff created a physical education app specifically for the school community.
“Our goal has always been to have our students become active participants in maintaining a healthy lifestyle,” explained Caballero, the district’s director of physical education, athletics, driver’s education & health.
The free BMPE app will allow students to participate in activities and document their participation via smartphone.
“This is a convenient way to track all of the exercises and activities that the physical education teachers are requiring as part of our remote learning plan,” explained Craig Papach, the athletic coordinator at John F. Kennedy High School.
While using the BMPE app, students will view grade level tabs with age-appropriate activities. Students are also reminded to communicate with their physical education teacher and complete requisite assignments accordingly.
“Most importantly, remember that during this stressful time fitness activity is a great outlet in maintaining a healthy mindset,” added Caballero.
Click on here to access the app.

Merrick Avenue MS Wellness Center Creates Care Boxes

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Students at Merrick Avenue Middle School attended a Wellness Center event on March 4 to create care boxes that will be available for students to pick up during the school day. 
The packages include a key word on the top and an affirmation and positive message inside. 
“Students participating in this activity talked about what their hope was for each box and stated that students who might need a little extra positivity that day might benefit from their efforts,” explained Principal Katelyn Dunn.

MAP Students Continue Positive Space Efforts

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The Meadowbrook Alternative Program hosted a No Place for Hate event on March 2 aimed at empowering students to continue providing an inclusive and supportive environment.
“The students analyzed poetry and artwork, ’The fall of Icarus’ and viewed a slide show about the Sandy Hook Promise,” explained Principal Susan Ellinghaus. “They also worked on creating tiles this week that include positive messages of support.”
These and tiles from last year’s event have been placed around the entrance to the Zen Den.
“Our goal is to completely cover the wall with messages of affirmation and love. Many of our students use the Zen Den when they feel overwhelmed,” added Ellinghaus. “As they walk in, the messages on the tiles remind them of their self-worth and that they are in a safe place, free of judgement.”

JV Bulldogs Win Back-to-Back County Championships

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The Central High School District’s junior varsity Bulldogs ice hockey team won their Nassau County championship game March 12, 2-1 over Massapequa.
This is the second consecutive championship the team has won.
“We are so proud of the hard work, the sacrifice and adversity of this group,” said Coach Andrew Smart.
“These young men truly earned this championship,” added Coach Dan Capizzuto.

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