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Fighting Childhood Cancer: One Shaved Head at a Time
Dozens of South High School students (participating individually and as teams), faculty, and even a Baker School fifth-grader, gladly had their heads shaved last April at the school's fourth annual St. Baldrick's Event. The Event was a fundraiser for childhood cancer research and to show support for those who have lost their hair in the fight with cancer. Assistant Principal John Duggan and Technology Department Head John Motchkavitz were in charge of the Event. Volunteer staff from DeFranco Spagnolo Salon skillfully executed the buzz cuts. The total amount raised was $10,512. The top team, Robotics, raised $4,080. The top individual fundraiser was Joseph Sardo, now a sixth-grader at South Middle School, who brought in $2,385. The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except for the US government. Additionally, Great Neck's secondary schools conduct several annual fundraisers to benefit the American Cancer Society. These include: "Lacrosse Out Cancer" games between North and South High varsity and junior varsity lacrosse teams; "Relay for Life" hosted at North High; and "Relay for Life Field Days" at North Middle and South Middle.
South High's Driving Safety Fair
On the day before school started, over 200 South High School juniors and seniors and their parents/guardians attended the school's annual Driving Safety Fair. This year, the format expanded from a single speaker talking on one or two topics to seven speakers, stationed at tables, addressing topics that included: "Avoiding Driving Distractions and Problems," "Driving in All Kinds of Conditions," "Getting Your Driver's License," "Regulations and Policies on the Road and on Campus," "Reporting an Accident," and "Understanding and Following Driving Laws." At the early morning event held in the West Gym, students and parents went from table to table, listening to the presentations that were geared to their questions and concerns. Videos, research boards, pamphlets, and hand-outs were all part of the engaging presentations. Students were given tickets that were punched at each presentation they attended. These tickets entitled them to school perks and treats. Organizations, their representatives, and individuals that participated in the Fair included: AAA-Safety Division, Barbara Ward; Allstate Insurance Agent and Defensive Driving Instructor Roger Chizever; Department of Motor Vehicles, Chuck Conroy, with special guest Karen Torres; Great Neck Public Schools Driver Education Theory Instructor Bart Badalucco; Nassau County Police-POP (Problem-Oriented Policing), Police Officers Moy and Farrar; and Northwell-North Shore Hospital, Catherine Dunckley. The Driving Safety Fair was a great example of students, parents, administrators, staff, and community organizations working together for student and community safety. All agreed that it was a very informative and beneficial Fair, a success to be continued and expanded next year!