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‘Little Doctors’ Assist with Blood Drives

Elementary students throughout the Hicksville School District are volunteering their time after school to be “Little Doctors,” a program that trains students to assist donors at blood drives.

“The children use the opportunity to get involved in community service and learn the importance of donating blood to those in need,” said Burns Avenue School Principal Michael Dunn of the program, that recently held a blood drive in his building.

Students are provided with hospital lab coats and given instruction on how to help blood donors complete the required forms before clinicians take over the process. More importantly, the students are instructed on how to help those who have just given blood rest and replenish vital liquids and sugars.

According to the New York Blood Center, this after-school program neatly complements the science curriculum requirements for grades five through eight, in particular the sixth-grade curriculum. The Hicksville PTA is instrumental in organizing blood drives throughout the school district.

— From the Hicksville School District

News

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.


Sports

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

November 30



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