Graveyard History Lesson

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Do you know how headstones got their name? Or that Judge Harold Medina (1888-1990) paid Westhampton Beach students to capture tent caterpillars because the pests were killing the village’s trees? Westhampton Beach Elementary School fourth graders learned the answers to these questions and more during an annual trip to the Westhampton Cemetery on Sept. 27. 

The students, who have been studying local history in class, were given a robust lesson on their community’s past from members of the Westhampton Beach Historical Society. Divided into groups, the fourth graders visited several gravestones, where historians discussed the prominent residents who were buried there and shared interesting facts about their lives as they pertained to Westhampton Beach. 

Students Raise Funds For Their School

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Westhampton Beach Elementary School students raised more than $19,000 for their school through their fourth annual Hurricane Fun Run, held Sept. 19. 

As part of the PTA-sponsored event, students gathered pledges to run laps on the high school football field. All of the funds raised will go directly toward cultural and academic enrichment programs at the elementary school. 

Summer Learning and Fun

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Westhampton Beach students are spending their summer mornings learning and playing as part of the district’s summer recreation program, which runs through the month of July.

During the four-week program, held at Westhampton Beach Elementary School, students in grades K-8 participate in a wide variety of activities, including science, computers, crafts and sports. For the first time, students are also spending time in the school’s greenhouse. Two days a week, the students learn to plant and harvest a variety of crops. High school students volunteer to assist with the program. 

The summer program also provides an opportunity for incoming kindergartners to get acquainted with their new school and for older students and special education students to work on their academics through extended learning opportunities.  

A Walk Down Memory Lane

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Donning white and green caps and gowns, members of the Westhampton Beach High School Class of 2019 proudly marched through the halls of their former elementary school on June 24, both to reminisce about their early school days and to provide inspiration to current students. As they took the traditional senior walk, the elementary students cheered, clapped and held up signs of congratulations. 

Giving Back

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Westhampton Beach Elementary School second graders closed out a yearlong recycling campaign, in which they recycled more than 9,000 water bottles, by presenting a donation of $466.55 to the Westhampton Beach Historical Society on June 24. They chose to assist the historical society after taking a field trip to its headquarters earlier in the school year. The recycling project was inspired by the school’s “Leader in Me” character education program.