The Block Island Times

School is back in swing

By Gloria S. Redlich | Mar 05, 2012

Though the taste of holiday may still linger for many, teachers, staff and students of the Block Island School returned this week to their offices and classrooms after their February break. Principal Karen Kurzman says, “School is in full swing again, really going at a fast pace.”

Projects and activities taking shape include the formation of a journalism/video club in which students “are learning to become journalists.” Meeting once a week, Kurzman says, they are learning “writing techniques while having lunch together.”

To date seven students have signed up for the club, but all who are interested are welcome. The future journalists are Andre Miller, Jake Douglas, Anthony Almonte, Mac Brown, Brianna DelPadre, Maya Veldman-Wilson and Tyler Mac.

The goal, as Kurzman explains, is to “rekindle the school newspaper with one edition this year and more next and to write short articles for the local newspaper, the Block Island Times.”

To sustain another annual project, Kaurzman announces that the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary has “generously donated $600 to the Close-Up Trip to the nation’s capital.” Close Up is a non-profit, civic and educational organization that provides a number of programs engaging high school students in the political mechanism of American democracy at the federal level.

According to Kurzman, the excursion is “focused on giving students an educational, inspirational and memorable experience in Washington, DC.” The students who are participating in this year’s program are selling Little Caesar’s pizza kits to help fund their trip. Those interested in purchasing them should contact social studies teacher Shannon Booth.

The Ladies Auxiliary has also donated $200 toward the Block Island Prevention Task Force trip to New York City.

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