Friday, 27 November 2009 10:48
In 1989, Scott “Bubba” Pollack was born without arms and with malformed legs, but he worked with what he had, learning to do everything, including eating, typing, writing and playing basketball with his feet. His parents, Scott and Madeline, who are residents of Massapequa, formed the Bubba Fund to memorialize his courage and to help others with physical disabilities lead rewarding lives.
Students at Lynbrook’s Marion Street School were so impressed with Scott’s story that the entire student body joined forces to support the Bubba Fund. Students came up with some creative ideas to raise money and to help others learn from Scott’s example. They stocked the school store with Bubba Bracelets emblazoned with his motto, “Failure Is Not an Option.” Since Scott loved to play basketball, they also organized a Baskets for Bubba Basketball tournament to raise money for the cause. At another fundraising event, named Bubbles for Bubba, for a small donation, participants joined on the school field to blow bubbles and make a special wish.
Using the district’s Second Step character education program, teachers have also been working with students to raise awareness about the importance of accepting differences and reaching out to help others.