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Nassau students get hands-on lessons in fire safety

Students at J. Fred Sparke Elementary School in

Students at J. Fred Sparke Elementary School in Levittown learned fire safety techniques and got a chance to sit in Levittown Fire Department trucks as part of National Fire Prevention Month. Photo Credit: Island Trees School District

Members of Long Island fire departments highlighted National Fire Prevention Month, held annually in October, by visiting schools to familiarize children with fire safety techniques and advice.

In Levittown, students at J. Fred Sparke Elementary School learned the importance of developing escape plans and meeting places outside the home in the event of a house fire. Members of the Levittown Fire Department also helped them practice the "stop, drop and roll" technique, which is used to quickly extinguish flames on a person's clothing.

"The fire safety program is an important annual event," Principal Penny Fisher said. "All of this learning takes place through hands-on experiences in which students talk with firefighters, touch the equipment, and sit in fire trucks. The students love learning this way."

In Malverne, kindergartners at Maurice W. Downing Elementary School had the opportunity to operate a fire hose during a field trip to the nearby Malverne Fire Department.

Members of the Copiague Fire Department visited the district's elementary schools dressed in full gear, so that children could see what a firefighter looks like and not be afraid in the event of an emergency. In addition, students made posters for the department's annual contest, which was themed "Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives."

In East Islip, Connetquot Elementary School students were treated to a presentation led by Joe Felder, a former student who now is a firefighter for the Islip Terrace Fire Department. Activities included a tour of a fire truck to teach kids about its equipment and functions.


COUNTYWIDE: New principals

AJ Hepworth is the new principal of the Nassau BOCES Doshi STEM Institute and the Long Island High School for the Arts, both in Syosset.

Laurie Harris is the interim principal of the Nassau BOCES Joseph M. Barry Career & Technical Institute in Westbury.

Hepworth most recently was an instructional leader in math, science and technology in Mineola. He replaced Ava Favara, who retired.

Harris previously was assistant principal at Barry Tech. She replaced James Clark, who now is an associate superintendent in the Hempstead school district.


ISLANDWIDE: Math scholars

Eighty-four Long Island students have been named Long Island Young Scholars of Mathematics by the Institute of Creative Problem Solving for Gifted and Talented Students at The College at Old Westbury. About 600 nominated students competed by submitting written statements and taking an exam.

Nassau County scholars are: Garden City: Emma Rose Nagler, Stewart Elementary School; Aidan Padala, Garden City Middle School; Garden City Park: Ishin Shah, Garden City Park School; Glen Head: Sarah Moughal, North Shore Middle School; Great Neck: Jansen Wong, Lakeville Elementary School; Joshua Cai, Great Neck South Middle School; Bradford Lin, Great Neck North High School; Herricks: Hita Soni, Andrew Tsai and Sahith Vadada, all of Herricks Middle School; Aashna Brahmbhatt and Bangseok Jung, Herricks High School; Hewlett: Max Baum, Woodmere Middle School; Hicksville: Sejal Gupta, Hicksville Middle School; Jericho: Andrew Chen, Catherine Kim, Shrey Shah, Shruthi Shekar and David Xu, all of Jericho Middle School; Aarthi Sridhar, Jericho High School; Levittown: Saajid Chowdhury, Jonas E. Salk Middle School; Valery Marcos, Division Avenue High School; Locust Valley: Alim Merchant, Locust Valley Middle School; Long Beach: Arjun Gupta and Joshua Kapilian, Long Beach Middle School; Manhasset: Gwendolyn Seto, Shelter Rock Elementary School; Ryan Wu, Manhasset High School; Merrick: Thomas Gionnuzzi and Julia Oladipo, Merrick Avenue Middle School; New Hyde Park: Grace Peng, New Hyde Park Road Elementary School; Old Brookville: Justin Lin, The Green Vale School; Old Westbury: Jeehyun Kim and John Li, The Wheatley School; Oyster Bay: James Kamerer, St. Dominic Elementary School; Plainview: Vidushi Dugar, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School; Roslyn: Victor Li and Termitopo Oshodi, Willets Road Middle School; Edgar Sit and Vicky Zhou, Roslyn High School; Syosset: Ronit Dhulia, Sophia Jang, Trisha Sinha, Muyang Yin and Kevin Zhao, all of H.B. Thompson Middle School; Tom Lam, South Woods Middle School; Mohamed El-Abtah and Scott Feltman, Syosset High School; Rebecca Schaefer, Our Lady of Mercy Academy; Valley Stream: Joe Campbell, South High School; Lance Lampert, Memorial Junior High School.


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