Fun and charity were combined once again this year by Guggenheim Elementary School and Weber Middle School to benefit the Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation.
Lauri Strauss, a graduate of the Port Washington Schools, lost her battle with leukemia. Her family and friends founded the foundation and have to date awarded more the $3 million toward research grants, marrow drives and patient care earmarked to combat leukemia and allied cancers. Recently the foundation, together with Glen Cove Cares, funded a marrow drive within a blood drive at Sousa Elementary School seeking to help one of the school's students stricken with leukemia. The drive was organized by Sousa Counselor Jennifer Biblowitz. Thirty eight potential marrow donors were registered at the drive. The foundation covers the costs of the initial testing in the hunt to find a donor who matches a patient. Along with medication, blood transfusions and marrow transplants are essential elements in the road to remission and recovery. As a result of the Sousa Drive, Davida Harris, kindergarten and Emily Matero, Grade 3, undertook their own drive. They sold lemonade and gave the proceeds to our cause. Their support and determination is priceless.
Guggenheim held a most exciting Jump-a-Thon week involving the entire school. The youngest students learned how to handle a jump rope and the older students reached Double Dutch status. Everyone, including the teachers, jumped and turned the ropes. Physical education teachers Jean Vogely and Brandy Miller's efforts resulted in a spirit of congeniality for the entire school population to experience and enjoy.
Weber Middle School held a fantastic Talent Show involving many students and faculty.
Teachers Meghan Duffy and Julie Lax coordinated the event. Tony Brooks was a superb master of ceremonies. The auditorium was filled to the brim with enthusiastic students, parents and faculty who loudly cheered for each participant. The talent was first rate and varied showcasing single and group acts who sang, danced, played instruments and even included comedy. It was a night to remember.