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Malverne Students Scrub Cars to Save Frost Valley Trip [Photos]

The Save Frost Valley Committee raises $1,150 through car wash.

Chipping away at its goal to raise the $44,000 needed to preserve the sixth grade field trip cut from the Malverne school district' 2012-2013 budget, the Save Frost Valley Committee held a car wash fundraiser on Sept. 8.

Parents and students spent hours scrubbing cars inside the parking lot of Malverne High School, raising a total of $1,150 by the day's end. Several community and faculty members, including Howard T. Herber Middle School Principal Steven Gilhuley, supported the effort by making donations to the committee in return for having their cars cleaned by the hard-working kids and volunteers.

The committee's next fundraiser will be a concert on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the middle school, featuring American Idol sensation Robbie Rosen. Tickets can be purchased in advanced ($7 per child, $12 for adults) by emailing at the school or by emailing FrostvalleyHTH@gmail.com, or at the door ($10 per child, $15 for adults). They're also selling Save Frost Valley T-shirts for $10 each.

This district has booked the three-day field trip for the first week of June, but it will be cancelled if the Save Frost Valley Committee does not have all the funds collected and submitted to the Malverne Board of Education by its February 2013 business meeting. Speaking on behalf of the committee, Malverne School Board Trustee and SVF Committee member Gina Genti asked the board to consider a request made in late July to have the district pay a portion of the trip's cost, which it would later be reimbursed for by Nassau BOCES. Click here to learn more.

Highlander September 18, 2012 at 11:11 PM
@Todd, good point. What are the alternatives Gina? Are there other locations the students may visit? Can the trip be broadened to a subject outside of science? There are many opportunities for children to learn leadership & team building through mechanics & construction at different museums and workshops. How about a math centered trip? I know for a fact that the Herricks admin building offers Math workshops for students. Why is the BOE and HTH so dead set on going to Frost Valley? Because it's tradition? Well, traditions can change.
Gina Genti September 19, 2012 at 01:42 PM
@Todd, Gregg and Highlander-many of the types of trips you are proposing already occur in our district at different grade levels. Museums, trips to the Capitol, Mathathon and Family Math Day-all great ideas and all something our students have an opportunity to participate in. If you are under the impression that Malverne students are not exposed to these types of experiences you are mistaken. The 6th grade highlight has been, for decades, Frost Valley which provides a multitude of hands learning experiences that can't be duplicated in a classroom. To your point Todd, the funding issue has been taken out of the equation by the parents of the students. We are not asking the schools to pay for the trip. We are doing it ourselves. Also Todd, the 6th graders were washing cars last weekend and I'm sure they will be providing other services to the community in exchange for donations. Please feel free to support them.
Gina Genti September 19, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Visit our Facebook page for more information on Save Frost Valley. https://www.facebook.com/#!/SaveFrostValley
Gina Genti September 19, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Thank you for the raking/shoveling to fundraise idea. Love it! Can I sign you up?
Todd Hundley September 19, 2012 at 02:26 PM
When I see it in action, I'll be sure to sign up Gina.

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