Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School came together today to raise nearly $3,800 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-powered charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long, healthy lives.
This event was the brainchild of Jonathan Germer, a fifth-grade teacher, who has befriended third grader Frankie Mattera through the school’s “Buddy Program.” Frankie was diagnosed with cancer approximately three years ago and is currently in remission.
Mr. Germer decided to do this as a way to celebrate Frankie while raising money for cancer research. With a modest goal of $200 set, Mr. Germer initially planned to get his head shaved by himself. Then several of his colleagues jumped on board for the cause, teachers Mike Murphy, Chris Mocera and Chris Miranda, as well as Mike Schiavone, head custodian, and school psychologist Bob DeSantis. Together, with the generosity of the Nathaniel Woodhull family and William Floyd community, the effort raised to this point, $3,765!
Special thanks to William Floyd High School Cosmetology Academy students Emily Andersen and Taylor Bombaci for providing the haircuts and helping to make this such a successful and memorable event.