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Merrick, NY 11566
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- Anne Frank



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The Meadowbrook Alternative Program (MAP) promotes Honor, Excellence, Respect, and Optimism in students who have had difficulties succeeding in traditional high school settings.

MAP students succeed through their engagement in a rigorous academic program consisting of  personalized classroom, real world, and service learning experience delivered in the context of a nurturing and challenging learning community.

The Guidance Department at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program is committed to serving the Bellmore-Merrick community by helping foster and support the Academic, Social, Emotional and Career Development of all students.

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MAP Helps Grow Community Cupboard with Garden Use

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After the local Community Parent Center donated a greenhouse to the Meadowbrook Alternative Program, students and staff immediately began investigating how to enhance the courtyard area.

Senior Jordan Ladd, 16, of Merrick wrote and received an $800 grant from Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation to help fund the project.

“We used some of the money to build raised garden beds,” explained Ladd. “The rest will go towards shelving for the greenhouse, gardening tools, seeds and soil.”

The idea is to supply families currently utilizing the district’s Community Cupboard food pantry, housed at the district’s administrative building on Brookside Avenue along with MAP.

“Right now if we can only give them items that are shelf-stable,” Ladd explained. “Fresh fruits and vegetables can be expensive and if you’re already having difficulty buying regular food, that might prevent someone from purchasing healthier options.”

Special education/social studies teacher Tiffany Rzempoluch and physical education/health teacher Karin McMahon have been advising the project. The Community Parent Center offers parenting education, support and resources for parents with children in grades kindergarten through 12.

MAP Shakespeare Festival Was ‘To Be’

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Participants of Meadowbrook Alternative Program’s Shakespeare Festival took the lead from the famous playwright/poet and were true to “thine own selves.”

“It was a bit different this year in that through a grant we were able to secure green screens and videotape a lot prior to the actual festival,” explained Laura Sheridan, English teacher and event organizer. “This opened us up to people doing voiceovers, working with technology and other aspects that engaged our students.”

Students acted out scenes live onstage, including one with a voiceover from Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso before watching the previously recorded acting sessions from students and teachers.

“From the live productions to those which were filmed against the green screen; each was spectacular,” said MAP Principal Susan Ellinghaus.
About 30 MAP students got a taste of what to expect a week prior to the festival when they attended “The Comedy of Errors” play in New York City.

“We like to expose them to live theater whenever possible, and we want to get them psyched up for the following week,” Sheridan added.