Superintendent Frederick Foresteire took a few moments at Monday night’s School Committee meeting to recognize custodian John Marazzi of the Sumner G. Whittier School, for his quick action in helping to save a choking student at the school on October 6.
According to Assistant Superintendent Dr. Thomas Stella, Marazzi was working in the school cafeteria on that Tuesday, when he noticed young Mikayla DaSilva was having trouble beating and motioning that she was choking.
Marazzi, a former hockey referee, quickly applied the Heimlich Maneuver, helping to dislodge a chip that had become stuck in the girl’s throat. Superintendent Foresteire also played the new story that ran on the Fox News broadcast that evening, which had interviews with Marazzi and DaSilva, before presenting the young hero with citations from both Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the City Council.
The School Committee also
approved unanimously a new Chromebook Acceptable Use Policy for the benefit of the student cohort in the new Everett High School STEAM Program.
Dr. Stella explained that the school already has a policy outlining the acceptable use of technology in the school. However, since each of the students enrolled in the STEAM academy will be provided with their own Google Chromebook to complete class and homework assignments, the department felt that a specific policy for that program was needed.