Town Commends OMS for Supporting Veteran

Oldfield Middle School received a proclamation from the Town of Huntington on July 12 in recognition of fundraising efforts that supported the purchase of a Trackchair for disabled veteran Julia Torres. Principal Joanne Giordano was joined by several students to accept the honor at a Town Board meeting held at Town Hall.

Throughout the 2015-16 school year, students, faculty and PTA members organized more than 16 fundraising initiatives in hopes of garnering $15,000 in proceeds. They actually surpassed their goal, gathering $16,000 that bought a ‘Zoom’ Trackchair through the Independence Fund.

The Trackchair is a motorized device that enhances mobility. The Independence Fund is a non-profit organization that supports injured and wounded veterans by providing the tools they need to achieve their independence and freedom. Oldfield Middle School presented the chair to a grateful Ms. Torres during a special gathering in May, during which students, staff members and administrators provided Independence Fund Executive Director Tommy Rieman with a $1600 check to cover the Trackchair expense.