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02/24/2021Townsend Harris Ethics Bowl Teams Advance in NYC Regional Ethics Bowl


In early February, the Townsend Harris Ethics Bowl teams competed in the NYC Regional Ethics Bowl, and secured a win against 38 teams from 16 high schools in New York and New Jersey. Although both competing teams (designated Teams 1 and 2) worked strenuously to prepare, Team 1 will be advancing to represent NJ and NY at Nationals.


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02/05/2021YALSA’s 2021 Great Book Giveaway provides more than $20,000 in materials to libraries including THHS


The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named Belfast (Maine) Area High School; Franklin Township Public Library in Somerset, NJ; and Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, NY, as recipients of its 2021 Great Books Giveaway.

Each library will receive a share of more than $20,000 worth of books, audiobooks and other materials donated to YALSA from publishers and producers in 2020.

Built in the 1960s, Belfast Area High School serves the city of Belfast and four outlying small towns in Maine. More than half of the school’s 480 students receive free or reduced lunches. Providing a library collection that reflects new technology and student interests has been challenging due to budgetary constraints. Updated materials will help students with research and improve a non-fiction collection with an estimated age in the late 1990s.

“This award will help revitalize the library's collection and give our students the reading and learning experience they deserve,” said Arlene Laverde, Librarian at Townsend Harris High School. “It will ensure that the THHS library will be able to continue to provide new, exciting, and diverse materials for our school community.”

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