Amanda M. Fairbanks previously worked in the editorial department of The New York Times and covered higher education for The Huffington Post. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Newsweek, The Atlantic, The Hechinger Report, and Education Week. A graduate of Smith College, she spent two years at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Sag Harbor with her husband and two young children.
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Monday night’s meeting of the Springs School Board tackled updates related to technology and enrollment, with the start of school less than one month way.
At the sparsely attended meeting, Elizabeth Mendelman, the board president, expressed excitement at the start of a new school year. “I’m sure my kids aren’t that excited, but their mother certainly is,” she said.
Project Most, a nonprofit after-school program for elementary students in East Hampton and Springs, received a state grant for $137,500 this week.
“It’s the fifth time that Project Most has competed for the grant and the fifth time it has been successful,” said Tim Bryden, its executive director. Now in its 14th year, Project Most serves around 300 students at the John M. Marshall Elementary School and Springs School from 3 to 6 p.m., five days a week.
When talking with young people, Paul Davis is quick to emphasize that becoming an artist isn’t so much about natural-born talent, but rather, how much you’re willing to apply yourself.
Looking at a handful of childhood drawings one recent morning, Mr. Davis acknowledged how far he’s come since the early stick-figure drawings of his youth. He also hoped to clear up any misconceptions.
At East Hampton High School, for the second year in a row, two girls have been named valedictorian and salutatorian. Georgia Bennett is valedictorian and Cameron DiGate is salutatorian. They are cousins. Georgia will play the lead in next month's production of "Grease" and was also the valedictorian of her eighth-grade class at the East Hampton Middle School. Cameron is a student council representative and a varsity field hockey player. Come September, Georgia is headed to Northwestern University, while Cameron is undecided.