At its Jan. 8 meeting, the Levittown Public Schools Board of Education received a special presentation from students and staff highlighting the new programs that had been offered during summer 2019. The presentation focused on the additional opportunities the two new programs ?" Marine Biology Camp and Adventures in Local History Camp - afforded Levittown students.
Three students who participated, as well as three high school students who volunteered to assist on the excursions, attended the meeting to recount their week-long adventures. Benjamin Campbell from Jonas E. Salk Middle School and Sean Doyle from Gardiners Avenue School shared their experiences on a salt marsh walk, beach collections and surfcasting, as part of Marine Biology Camp. Violet Paplow from Jonas E. Salk Middle School shared all the locations the Adventures in History camp visited including the Vanderbilt Museum, the LI Museum and her favorite, Garvies Point Museum Preserve. High School volunteers Julianne Magliano from MacArthur High School, Andrew Kiphart from Division Avenue High School and Emily Zhang from MacArthur High School also shared their experiences volunteering for the camps.
"We are always looking to add opportunities for our students," Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Todd Winch said of the new offerings. "And, as a school district, the rate at which we can offer these programs over the summer is far less than through other places."
As part of its recognition portion of the evening, the board and administration honored a teacher aide at Summit Lane Elementary School, Anita Gribben, for going above and beyond in ensuring the health and care of fifth-grader Anthony Gregoretti.