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The seven principals of Port Washington's public schools pose with a photo of the mobile medical unit that the community is raising funds to build. (Left to right): Elaine Ajello, Dr. Charles Piemonte, Dr. David Meoli, Marilyn Rodahan, Chris Shields, Barbara Giebel and Jay Lewis invite everyone to the Battle of the Bands on March 15.

Two years ago, the seven principals of the Port Washington public schools had an idea that would support their work in educating children to become caring citizens of the world. Prompted by the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the principals decided to ask their students and the community at large to join with them and raise money to build a Mobile Medical Unit that would benefit children and families when disaster strikes.

There has been a wonderful response! Working together, more than $150,000 has been raised for the Children's Health Fund. The effort continues: the recent Finest vs. Bravest basketball game and the upcoming fashion show at Schreiber High School are the most current efforts.

Almost $100,000 still has to be raised. On March 15 at 7 p.m. at the Polish American Hall, the seven principals who have spearheaded this effort will be honored by the community at a Battle of the Bands. All adults are invited to attend this event. It will feature four bands, composed of Port Washington fathers, including One Less Joe, Li'l Sammy and the Funked Up Daddies, Tiberius and Rock Steady. The event is being co-chaired by Tricia Quirk and Elaine Ajello and the fundraising chairs are Sam and Hillary Fox. Tickets are available in Port Washington schools and at the door for $45 per person, which includes a dinner buffet, great music and a cash bar.

"We have worked together to help our students understand that helping others is an essential part of their education. We have all been amazed at the wonderful things that the children have thought of to help raise money and that they have sustained their interest in the project," the principals said in a joint statement. "We are grateful to the parents who have worked with their children and to all the people who have purchased lemonade at children's stands, artwork at students' auctions and tickets to events. It has been a truly heartwarming effort!"


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