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Bridgehampton School students Yaritza Huacon and Maydelin Soto organized donated clothing to be delivered to the Bahamas by Bridgehampton High School student Miles Clark. Independent/Courtesy Bridgehampton Union Free School District


When Bridgehampton High School junior Miles Clark learned of the devastation from Hurricane Dorian, he set into action a plan of compassion, spearheading a clothing drive to help those affected by the powerful storm that hit the Bahamas.

Clark’s project has been met with much enthusiasm in the Bridgehampton school and community. He will personally deliver five boxes of clothing, shoes, flip flops, hats, and other summer clothing on an upcoming humanitarian trip to the islands with his family.

“This gesture points to the goodness of people in our school community,” principal Mike Miller said. “We all commend Miles, his family, and the many other families and community members who’ve generously helped by putting others before themselves.”

The Bridgehampton National Senior and Junior Honor societies, in conjunction with the New York Blood Center, will host a blood drive in the Bridgehampton school gymnasium Tuesday, October 8, from 2 to 6:30 PM. Donors must be 17 years of age, or 16 with parental permission, and at least 110 pounds.

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Robyn Mott has been appointed administrative director for the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center.

Mott, who will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the center, has been with the center since 2015, when she joined as a lead teacher in the pre-K program.

“It was clear from the start that Robyn possessed great enthusiasm, passion, and knowledge for early childhood education,” said board co-chair Ruth Ann McSpadden. “She’s a natural leader. Her love of teaching and teachers pervades everything she does.”

Prior to working at the center, Mott was a lead pre-K teacher at the former SCOPE pre-K program at Most Holy Trinity Church. Before that she was a teacher’s assistant in the Amagansett School pre-K program.

“The center’s board of directors is highly confident that Robyn is ready to assume and successfully perform her new responsibilities,” said board co-chair David Eagan. “She knows what is needed to make an early learning center function at a very high level. She knows what the teachers need, she understands the needs of the parents, and she sees through the eyes of the children.”

Mott grew up in Sag Harbor and attended Pierson High School, where she met her husband, Brian. The pair live in East Hampton with their two children, Caleb and Teagan, and their dog, Max.

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In recognition of their exceptional achievement on national advanced placement exams, 33 Southampton High School seniors have earned the title of advanced placement scholar.

Eleven students were named AP scholars, 12 earned the recognition of AP scholar with honor, and 10 were recognized as AP scholars with distinction.

Sarah Brady, Seamus Brown, Jomel Dela Cruz, Sean Godfrey, Andrew Green, Elijah Halsey, Grace Kearns, Grace Middlekauf, Caraline Oakley, Mathew Pike, and Ruben Schneiderman earned AP scholar recognition.

Ava Cesario, Sarah Corwith Eckert, Daniel Ditta, Isabella Ellams, Grant Goodyear, Brigham Hancock, Lauren Heaney, Benjamin Luss, Moises Molina, Juliana Stein, Remi Wesnofske, and John Whitall were named AP scholars with honor.

Lukas Baumilas, Margaret Carter, Nicholas Castillo Marin, Wilson Cobb, Dylan Halsey, Taylor Hemby-Ginsberg, Kevin Nguyen, Avery Owen, Sankavi Sampath, and Jack Zaloga received the title of AP scholar with distinction.

The Southampton Union Free School District invites the public to attend its Wall of Distinction induction ceremony and reception Friday, October 4, at 6 PM, in the Southampton High School auditorium. The school is located at 141 Narrow Lane. The ceremony is being held to honor four individuals: James Carlton Corwith (posthumously), John v.H. Halsey, Jackie Lamb, and William Masterson III.

Corwith graduated from Southampton High School in 1912. He was a local farmer and board member of the Water Mill and Southampton school districts, where he served for more than 20 years. He also served as the first president of the Southampton Rotary Club when it was established in 1948.

Halsey, who is a 1968 alumnus, is the founder and president of the nonprofit Peconic Land Trust. Founded in 1980, the trust has protected more than 12,000 acres of local farms, forests, and waterfront property.

Lamb just completed her 50th year in the Southampton School District. She works as a monitor/teacher’s aide in charge of audio/video equipment at Southampton Intermediate School. She started her career in the district as a teacher’s aide in the pre-K program before working at the intermediate school.

Masterson, from the Southampton Class of 1998, is the founder of the company Believe Entertainment. He and his partner created the film “Dear Basketball,” which won both an Academy Award and Grammy Award for best animated short film.


This week, Tuckahoe Union Free School District is participating in Start With Hello activities. Start With Hello is a nationwide celebration designed to bring individuals and communities together to foster looking out for and caring for one another. It is part of the Sandy Hook Promise that Tuckahoe staff learned about and implemented at their beginning of school superintendent’s conference.

On Monday, students were given name tags, and younger students said hello and made eye contact with those individuals, while older students practiced giving firm handshakes. Tuesday, kindergarten through fifth-grade students were given cut-outs to write or draw on about how they can reach out to someone to say hello or make a new friend. Wednesday, Post-its will be available at the bulletin board outside of the cafeteria for students and teachers to leave positive messages, thank yous, and pictures. Thursday, sixth graders will be peer mentors to younger students at lunch, where third, fourth, and fifth-graders will be encouraged to sit with and meet someone new. Friday, the entire school will meet with invited guests and parents.

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