Day of volleyball for a good cause
by Ed Wendell
May 07, 2014 | 964 views | 1 1 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students at St. Thomas the Apostle School.
Students at St. Thomas the Apostle School.
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As part of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association it has been my privilege to work with many residents who volunteer to make our little corner of the world a better place. I am never surprised when one of our volunteers reveals that he or she graduated from St. Thomas the Apostle School.

With over 100 years here in Woodhaven, the outstanding work done by St. Thomas has paid dividends many times over.

The parents, teachers and students at St. Thomas have found a fun and healthy way to raise funds in an effort to give other children an opportunity to attend their school. The 2014 Volleyball Challenge will be held at Monsignor Mulz Hall, 88-08 Jamaica Avenue, on Saturday, May 17. The fun begins at 11 a.m.

There will be four games of volleyball starting with a match between 7th and 8th grade students. Then, a team of parents will face off against a team of teachers. A consolation match between the two losing squads will follow before the grand finale: a match between the two winning teams.

The students are very excited about this event and have been training hard. Salma Sallah, one of the team captains, says that her team is “very athletic” and likes their chances of winning. Of the teachers and the parents she was reluctant to pick sides, but did think that the teachers might have the home-court advantage.

Sallah is excited about this event and says that it promotes “leadership, athleticism and teamwork.”

The students, parents and teachers hope to raise money to fund scholarships for future students to attend the school.

“St. Thomas believes in offering scholarships so more children have an opportunity to attend and benefit from what the school has to offer,” says Dee Santana, event coordinator for St. Thomas the Apostle School.

Last year, the Woodhaven Cultural & Historical Society was honored to work with the students of St. Thomas on a film entitled “Woodhaven: Diverse Backgrounds United in One History.” Indeed, the students of St. Thomas are a vibrant mix of cultures and faiths, and we should all support any efforts to make this wonderful educational opportunity available to even more children.

In addition to funding scholarships, the students hope to raise funds for new front doors for the 88th Street entrance to the school, which has long been on the wish list of parents and teachers alike.

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event and cost $5 per person and $8 per family (up to 8 people). There will be music and food and raffles - all in all, a great bargain and a fun community event for a good cause.

In addition to buying tickets, you can also support their efforts by becoming a sponsor. Already, Modell’s, Sports Authority, and Trader Joe’s are on board and Poland Spring is supplying water for the event.

There are four levels of sponsorship available – Bronze ($25), Silver ($50), Gold ($75) and Platinum ($100 and up). “All sponsor names will appear on any printed material at the event,” Santana said. “We’re also making some large banners to post up at the event and their names will appear on them.”

In addition to your name appearing on material, you will be acknowledged by the DJ, who will be entertaining the crowd with music throughout the event. It’s a great way to get your business or organization some valued recognition within the community, while helping the students achieve their goal at the same time. If interested in becoming a sponsor, please call Dee Santana at (917) 597-3928.

We hope you’ll come out to see who wins the Volleyball Challenge and to help the students help other youngsters within our community have the chance at a quality education.

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P. Eggers
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May 07, 2014
Thank you, Mr. Wendell, for once again supporting Saint Thomas in their activities. I can't wait to "kick butt" on May 17th!