East Northport Middle School held a St. Baldrick’s event on March 8 in an effort to raise funds to support childhood cancer research and treatment. A group of 39 students and staff members volunteered to participate in the event’s head-shaving statement and, backed by the surrounding community, raised more than $20,000.
This year, the event was held in honor of four past and present ENMS students who have battled childhood cancer, including Charlotte Stuertz, a current sixth-grader at ENMS. Even though Charlotte has been bravely fighting leukemia, she volunteered to participate in the event’s shaving and to stand alongside her classmates.
With the entire school community, family members and loved ones in the audience, volunteers walked on stage to have their heads shaved. With each completion, those in attendance cheered in support. Each student exited the stage to receive a hand-knitted hat and a St. Baldrick’s “Rock the Bald” T-shirt to forever remind them the cause.
“East Northport Middle School’s outpouring of support for St. Baldrick’s Day is emblematic of the compassionate and generous hearts of the greater Northport-East Northport community,” said Assistant Principal Angelo Cocchiola, “and we are so thankful for all they’ve done to aid this cause that has impacted so many families.”
- On March 8, a group of 39 volunteer students and staff members participated in the St. Baldrick’s event and, backed by the surrounding community, raised more than $20,000. Volunteers Gavin Smith (left) and Brendan Reid (right) were of the first few to be shaved.
- After participating in the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving, ENMS students Bobby Jaleshgari, John Mohlmann, John Paolillo, and Ryan DeMario each received a hand-knitted hat and a St. Baldrick’s “Rock the Bald” t-shirt to forever remind them the cause.
- Additional student volunteers manned the table to give each St. Baldrick’s participant a hand-knitted cap as they exited the stage
- ENMS teacher and St. Baldrick’s event coordinator John Braun knighted each participant for their noble action after the event on March 8.
Photo courtesy of the Northport-East Northport School District