Town Column


By Gail Craig
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Posted March 15, 2007

I presently have four kids playing in the living room, as Riley's best bud, Zeke came over for a play date and his sister, Nora, turned into a great playmate for Amelia. It's great. They are playing together beautifully (knock on wood), I'm getting a little work done, and Zeke and Nora's dad, Steven, is able to get a few errands done as well. It's a win-win-win-win situation!

On March 8, the Edgartown School eighth-graders were honored in a ceremony for their hard work and committed efforts in receiving their American Heart Association CPR in Schools Certification. Parents, teachers, administrators, and the current seventh-grade class watched and listened as the students were called up on stage, one by one, to receive both a certificate of participation and their official CPR cards. Chuck Cummings was the Master of Ceremonies for this event. Chuck is a dedicated paramedic, EMT, and regional faculty member for the American Heart Association. He is committed to working with the schools, providing many Island teachers and nurses the opportunity to become CPR instructors. This also presents the opportunity for the schools to pass this very important skill onto our eighth-graders, which is an added bonus for the students when applying for summer jobs! As the students go on to the high school, they once again have the opportunity to get re-certified to maintain this very important skill. Great job to all!

In other Edgartown School news, the school held its first "Family Math Night" last week as part of the effort to improve math skills and MCAS scores within the school. The families could wander from room to room at will, playing math-related games. Riley and Jamie spent most of the time in Riley's classroom, playing various games that dealt with the ideas of equal to, less than, and greater than. Merely explaining the rules of the game provided some math lessons for Riley. Amelia and I played a bit, but since she is still a bit young we mostly just wandered aimlessly, seeing what each class had to offer. At 7 pm, everyone gathered in the cafeteria, where there were snacks and drinks and a raffle of math-related games, such as Connect 4, Monopoly, and Bingo. I thought for the first event like this that it was a great turnout. Everyone seemed to have a really good time and I want to give credit and appreciation to the teachers who put in the extra time to devise a fun and creative way to work on math skills. They did a great job and I want them to know that the families appreciate their efforts.

Be sure to make time for story time at the Edgartown Library today at 10:30 am in the children's room. They have a guest reader today, who will be offering up a whole host of fun for young listeners. My firsthand report from last week is that he does a great job, but was underappreciated: Amelia was his only audience member.

Be sure to catch the one-act plays at 7:30 pm on Friday or Saturday nights or 3 pm on Sunday at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. Island Theatre Workshop is presenting five different plays, two on one night and three on another. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 508-627-3166.

I guess that's about it. It must be winter on Martha's Vineyard. Be sure to get me your news for next week's column. Have a great week.