Summer Reading and Safety Shine at BOE Meeting
During the Levittown Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Nov. 15, the community learned about the district's successful Summer Reading Extravaganza and the Division Avenue High School peer leaders were praised for their way of combating distracted driving.
Before kicking off the student presentations, the board noted the display around the room of artwork from students at Lee Road Elementary School. They encouraged community members to get an up close look at what the students have been doing inside the classroom.
The first presentation of the meeting featured English Language Arts Director Kerin Slattery, Northside Elementary School fifth-graders, Northside Principal Frank Mortillaro, Assistant Principal Beth Swanson, staff members and Nancy Evans and Geraldine Farmer-Morrison from the Levittown Public Library. The group spoke about the district's 2017 Summer Reading Extravaganza.
Fifth-graders included Emily Hassard, Jacqueline Lu, Natalie Lajara, Ryan Mackin and Jessie Marousek. The students discussed their summer reading book by Chris Grabenstein titled, "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library," and the projects that each fifth-grader in the district participated in to coincide with the story. Projects were displayed at the meeting for community members to get a better understanding of what reading activities the students took part in.
Jonas E. Salk Middle School librarian Kirsten Anderson and Wisdom Lane Middle School librarian Cindy Koines, spoke about the secondary level summer reading book that their students read over the summer titled "Pay it Forward," by Catherine Ryan Hyde. The group shared with the board how the district has collaborated with the Levittown Public Library and the success of the Summer Reading Extravaganza both over the summer and into the new school year.
In addition, Division Avenue High School's peer leaders shared their innovative video about the dangers of distracted driving. Under the guidance of advisor Michael Verdi, the students created a method of keeping students safe by handing out white cardboard boxes to hold cellphones while driving. The box included a transparent pocket to put a photo of a loved one on the front. They shared their video promoting the boxes with the community and each board member received their own box with a photo of Division Avenue High School on the front. Every attendee received a box as well with the option to put a photo on the cover.