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Grand Avenue Turkey Trot Benefits Community Cupboard

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The Grand Avenue Middle School community collected nonperishable food items for the Central High School District’s food pantry, the Community Cupboard.

The food drive was held in conjunction with a Turkey Trot around the school track on Nov. 20. A few hundred student participants walked, jogged, trotted, wobbled and danced their way through the event.

Organized by the school’s athletic director Ben Fisher, the annual event aims to bring awareness to those less fortunate.

“It is part of the Grand C.A.R.E.S. mission to commit ourselves to the community and help people whenever we can,” added Fisher, who is also a Spanish teacher.

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Date Added: 11/21/2023

Middle School Makes ‘Grand’ Improvements

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Several capital improvements were made at Grand Avenue Middle School during the summer months as part of the district’s planned capital improvements project. 

“The work provides a much safer student drop off and pick up, as well as much needed educational and athletic updates,” Jon Simpkins, the director of school facilities, operations and security, said.

“All of our parking lots were repaved, plus a good amount of our sidewalks were also replaced,” Principal Carlo Conte explained. “Additionally, a sidewalk was added to the rear entrance. The track was resurfaced, and the tennis courts were also turfed.”

“The players love the look of the new courts,” said girls tennis coach Dominik Bargiel. “Practice has been an absolute pleasure on the turf. It took a little getting used to the bounces, but the girls have done a great job adjusting to the new surface.”

Additionally, the family and consumer science room was completely renovated.

Sarah Norton, a FACS teacher, has been busy decorating and stocking the room with new equipment and ingredients. 
“The new layout has opened the room tremendously and allows us to move and modify the layout depending on the unit and lesson we are working on,” she noted. “We now have stainless steel tables which provide us with a ton more working space than we had before. This is going to allow students to work in smaller groups and have more time getting involved in the hands-on activities our class provides.”

 Similar renovations will be completed at Merrick Avenue Middle School during summer 2024. 


Annual Wickham Farm field trip

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The Yorker Club went on their annual Wickham Farm field trip Monday, October 2. Student members took a wagon ride to pick apples, pumpkins, toured the apple cider press and green houses while learning about the history of one of the oldest farms on the island. The 12th generation Wickham family farm has been part of the island landscape since the 1600's. This Colonial Era farm provides the students a unique perspective of the culture, landscape and agriculture of the east end of Long Island. Proprietor Tom Wickham is pictured telling the students about the rich history of Wickham and the important contributions it has made to our local history.

Date Added: 10/5/2023

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