This year marks the 28th year of publication for Sandy Hook School’s FootPrint Post newspaper. It also marks Lillian Bittman’s 13th, and final, year as the newspaper’s advisor.
At a recent awards ceremony, 46 third and fourth graders were honored for their work on this year’s editorial staff. Among these third and fourth graders, four students were honored for serving as student managers. Those staff members were: Jillian Carrino, Matthew Fernand, Kevin Gong and Gabriella Sadowski.
In addition, students who produced more than the usual four articles per year were honored. Contributing five articles each were Kevin Gong, Hannah Jojo, and Margaret O’Sullivan. Contributing six articles each were Eric Franklin, Natalie Horn, Luke Sposato, and Josh Taylor.
The Mazzie Award, which honors the most prolific student staff member, went to fourth grader Shilin Ray, who wrote nine articles in four issues. Mrs. Bittman established the Mazzie Award to honor retired Sandy Hook School Assistant Principal Cathy Mazzariello, who originally founded the FootPrint Post.