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Meadowbrook Alternative Program

1260 Meadowbrook Rd
Merrick, NY 11566
Susan Ellinghaus

Main Office:
 (516) 992-1083

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The Meadowbrook Alternative Program (MAP) promotes Honor, Excellence, Respect, and Optimism in students who have had difficulties succeeding in traditional high school settings.

MAP students succeed through their engagement in a rigorous academic program consisting of  personalized classroom, real world, and service learning experience delivered in the context of a nurturing and challenging learning community.

The Guidance Department at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program is committed to serving the Bellmore-Merrick community by helping foster and support the Academic, Social, Emotional and Career Development of all students.

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    MAP Graduates Nine Seniors

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    The Meadowbrook Alternative Program graduated nine students from its senior class on June 24.

    During her commencement speech, valedictorian Brianna Ottofaro spoke about finding her self-confidence and her path at MAP.

    “I urge you to embrace each other’s differences,” she said. “Not all schools offer such an advantage. No matter the path you decide to take after high school, the support we gained from our peers and teachers will help us succeed.”

    Salutatorian Matthew Alexander touched on his thankfulness to the MAP teaching and support staff.

    “They worked tirelessly to make sure we have a great education and are prepared for the future,” he said. “While doing this, they made sure we are actively engaged, and that we have fun while doing so.”

    As a MAP graduation tradition, Principal Susan Ellinghaus invites an alumnus to address current graduates. Joseph Calvaruso from the Class of 2017, spoke about his path at MAP and the lessons he has taken with him. 

    “I realized I needed to make a change,” he explained. “I needed to go to MAP. I was given a second chance I so desperately needed and became the man I am today. Most importantly, it was here that I learned to never give up.”

    Dr. Joseph Netto, the program’s psychologist, offered the faculty address.

    “The obstacles in your path may have seemed so daunting, yet your individual perseverance allowed you to rise to the occasion,” he said. “And I strongly believe that [perseverance] is the most important lesson and skill that you have learned here at MAP. It is this individuality that will allow you to surpass mediocrity.”

    MAP Creates Memory Garden

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    June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month and to commemorate, Zachary Gosse’s School and Community Leadership class invited representatives from the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center (ADRC) to provide pertinent education on the disease to the students at MAP.  

    The presentation was informative and was well received by the students. The School and Community Leadership class had raised funds through purple bracelet and purple ribbon sales, as well as through a Memory Garden which was planted in the front entrance of the Brookside School on Meadowbrook Road.  

    Two flats of annual flowers were donated to the class by Atlantic Nursery in Freeport.   obin Marks, Executive Director & CEO, and Alexandra Bett, Care Consultant and Outreach Coordinator, of ADRC accepted the donation and sincerely thanked the students for their tremendous efforts. 

    ADRC is a grassroots organization whose main goal is to provide services to those families affected by Alzheimer’s and other Brain disorders throughout Long Island.  

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