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MacArthur Students Take Part in Fair Trade Sale

A group of students from Mrs. Fritch’s Facing History & Ourselves class created a service learning project to help support women from impoverished countries in their efforts to rise out of poverty.

 

Working with the non-profit organization Eternal Threads, the students sold handmade artisan goods created by women and girls from India, Nepal, Uganda, and Mongolia. Kaitlyn Maniscalco, Courtney Maloney and Emilie d’Hedouville sold jewelry, bags, headbands and other crafts during their lunch periods and after school the week of December 16-20, 2013. The $650 raised from selling the items will go directly back to the women to help pay for school fees and fight against poverty.

 

This project not only benefits the poverty stricken women that created the items but also impacts the students who participated and the customers who supported this great cause. “There is so much need worldwide. If everyone could put in a little effort, we could make a huge impact on the world,” said Maniscalco. Maloney agreed, “It was a wonderful experience to be doing such a small thing and yet making such a big impact on those women’s lives.” D’Hedouville said, “It is so sentimental to have something made by poverty-stricken women around the world and having the satisfaction that I can make a difference by supporting them.”

 

— Submitted by the Levittown School District

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

The Levittown School District has been vigilant with the increase of cases in general. “We are continuing to implement the precautions provided by the health department and the CDC,” said Levittown School District Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene Rhatigan. “We are also reminding students and staff to be mindful of the importance of proper hygiene including frequent hand washing.”

Audrey Zhang, a sixth grader at Island Trees Memorial Middle School, took home first place in the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) on Sept. 17. Zhang was honored at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for her work and was presented with a $500 check and an iPad Mini. Many dignitaries were on hand, including State Education Department Regent Roger Tilles.


Sports

 

Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship. 

The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.



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