Southampton high school and middle school students listened to Irving Roth, a Holocaust survivor, tell his personal story during an assembly on April 11.
Roth, a 92-year old originally from Czechoslovakia, described his experience when he was sent to Auschwitz at age 14 and on a “death march” to Buchenwald. Roth also spoke of his liberation on April 11, 1945, when the U.S. Army arrived.
Prior to the assembly, students learned about the Holocaust in their social studies and English language arts classes and read Eli Wiesel’s “Night.” They also heard from teacher Saundra Dubin, who visited Poland and took part in the International March of the Living program with Roth.
High school students Grant Goodyear, Lauren Heany, and Taylor Hemby-Ginsburg were recently selected to participate in the annual Student Day at the Suffolk County Legislature.
The event, which is spearheaded by the League of Women Voters, had the students engage in a mock trial session and meet with Suffolk County Legislators Bridget Fleming and DuWayne Gregory.
Southampton elementary school Student Council members delivered boxes and bags of food they had collected to Heart of the Hamptons, a nonprofit organization, on April 10.
The food was donated as part of the student council’s March community service project, in which they asked their peers to donate nonperishable food items throughout the month. The student council members also assisted in sorting and stocking the shelves of the food pantry and were given a tour of the facility.
Westhampton Beach Middle School students met primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall over a Skype call on April 11.
The students learned about Goodall’s love of animals, how she became interested in studying chimpanzees, her foundation, Roots & Shoots, and how individuals can play a role in preserving the planet.
The Pierson High School Interact Club supported the Katy’s Courage 5K race by handing out water and cheering on participants on April 13.
The Interact Club participates in numerous community service activities. Members who assisted at the race include Dimitris Barranco, Pierce Summers, Richard Barranco, Harry Cowen, Henry Brooks, David Pedersen, Max Mensch, Cecilia Barranco, Maria Torres-Vasquez, Carly Gulotta, Wendy Reinoso-Bautista, Joselin Aucapina, Gabriella Knab, and Hannah Tum.
Katy’s Courage, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2012 in honor of Katy Stewart, who passed away at age 12 from pediatric liver cancer. Katy’s Courage raises money to fund local school scholarships, pediatric cancer research and Katy’s Kids@CMEE.
Sag Harbor Elementary School students held a basketball tournament to support National Autism Awareness Month.
Before the tournament, Principal Matthew Malone spoke to students about the significance of Autism Awareness Month and the important roles they can play in promoting inclusion of people in their school and community.
Hampton Bays Middle School held its first book exchange on April 8, where students brought in books to swap with their peers. “It was wonderful seeing the love of literature being shared,” teacher Kathy Algieri said.
Springs fourth graders prepared for the upcoming state math test by participating in a “Math Easter Egg Hunt,” where they found Easter eggs hidden around the room with math problems inside. The team with the most problems solved received a prize.
Chris Poulos, a champion BMX bike stunt rider, spoke to Springs students in an assembly. He discussed core values, anti-bullying, and character