Thank you to everyone who came to the Duck Race last night, and who bought a duck! Thank you so much for your support. We sold a total of 556 ducks this year, so again thank you everyone for your support and generosity.
We will be posting some photos of the event shortly, but wanted to list the top 10 winners from last night (just in case anyone wasn’t present at the race)
First Prize – Bette (Elizabeth) Perry
2nd Place Madeline Chisholm
3rd Place – Brody Johnson
4th Place – Morris Hirsch
5th Place – Barbara Groux
6th Place – Lisa Woods
7th Place – Rix Chisholm
8th Place – Katherine Ceglarski
9th Place – R. Michael Byrd
10thPlace – the Megley family
MEC takes great pride in recognizing the outstanding commitment to community service of MHS senior John Cunha. John has a passion for community service as a way of bringing joy into other people’s lives. His accomplishments are significant and represent a wide variety of activities.
hn became involved with the Unified Theater program at Gaudet Middle School in the spring of 2013. The Unified Theater program focuses on inclusion, providing an opportunity for students with and without disabilities to enjoy participating iin the performing arts. As the Student Leader/Director, John helped the students write scripts and re=hearse their parts, culminating in a performance at Middletown High School. He has continued that work this year and has helped grow the program from 16 students last year to 50 students this year. John has also volunteered at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, the Newport Children’s Theater, the Middletown Education Collaborative, and his church.
John will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall where he hopes to double-major in Theater and Math. He states, “I am determined to make a difference in the world by enriching people’s lives through personal interactions, through continued volunteer work, and through the performing arts”. John is the son of Teresa and John Cunha.
Congratulations to Kimberley D’Arpino – MEC’s 2014 Educator of the Year. Ms. D’Arpino recently received the MEC Educator of the Year award at the MEC Grants Showcase and Annual Meeting held May 20, 2014 at the Gaudet Learning Center.
Kim D’Arpino has been teaching French, and most recently Social Studies, at Gaudet Middle School for 24 years. She holds the belief that all children need an environment for learning where they are unafraid to take chances and be heard, and that all children can do great things when given the opportunity to excel at something they feel passionate about.
This year Kim is working on a new after-school initiative with a few of her colleagues at Gaudet. They have created an on-site, after-school homework club that operates four days a week at Oxbow and at the Middletown Public Library. Kim adds, ” I leave there feeling that I am needed an dthat I have made a difference. That is what it is all about”.
Kim also volunteers her time working with 28 students on an anti-bullying campaign. “We are currently planning oor grand finale'”, exclaims Kim, “and are excited to share our work with the rest of Gaudet!”
MEC is proud to honor such an outstanding educator to our Middletown students.