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St. Baldrick’s Event Honors Waverly Student

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The Waverly Elementary School community came together on March 3 for its annual St. Baldrick’s Event. Marking the first time the event was held in-person since the pandemic, Waverly was excited to have 10 shavees back on stage to support those affected by childhood cancer.

This year’s event was dedicated to Sarah Sorensen, a Waverly second grader who has been in remission for the past five years.

“The fact that her school today is honoring her is so overwhelming. Waverly is an elementary school that is completely supportive to all of its students,” Sarah’s mom, Michelle Sorensen, said.

Six students, two parents, a teacher and Waverly Principal Kevin Tougher were among those who raised at least $50 to have their heads shaved. Sachem High School East students in the cosmetology program held the buzzers to help out at the event.

This year’s event raised more than $9,000 for the St. Baldrick’s organization. Over the course of eight years that the school has been participating in the program, Waverly has raised more than $200,000.

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Date Added: 3/6/2023

Service Projects Spread Love for Valentine’s Day

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Students in the Sachem Central School District are displaying kindness and love with Valentine’s Day-themed service projects.

Waverly Elementary School collected nearly 460 Valentine’s Day boxes filled with treats to be donated to six local shelters. Fifth graders helped pack the boxes with books, toys, snacks and supplies to be distributed to children experiencing homelessness. This is a tradition that has been taking place at Waverly for nearly 40 years.

At Wenonah Elementary School, students in Kerianne Cassidy’s class made Valentine’s Day cards to be sent to troops overseas through Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude provides opportunities for Americans to assist military members and first responders.

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Date Added: 2/15/2023

‘Spin, Pop, Boom!’ Presentation Wows Student Scientists

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Students at Waverly Avenue Elementary School stepped inside the world of science during an assembly called, “Spin, Pop, Boom,” presented by Mad Science. Students learned all about chemistry and reactions through exciting experiments and demonstrations.

Student volunteers stepped up to the lab table in front of the audience to learn about acids, bases and chemical reactions through hands-on activities. They watched Styrofoam cups melt in their hands, lids pop off of plastic cannisters thanks to an Alka-Seltzer reaction and even created “elephant toothpaste” by mixing hydrogen peroxide and soap.

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Date Added: 1/27/2023