Fifth-Graders Serve Up Support

The Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School Physical Education department recently hosted their sixth annual fifth-grade Charity Volleyball Tournament to raise money for two families in the community. With over 190 fifth-grade participants, the school raised close to $6,500.

All proceeds from the event went to the Renz and Schmidt Families. The Renz family recently lost their beloved father and husband, while the Schmidt family is currently caring for their daughter, a Harborfields High School student battling cancer.

Students paid a registration fee to play in the tournament and a concession stand was run in the cafeteria to help raise money. A raffle drawing also took place which allowed the entire school to contribute to the cause. Tickets were sold either individually or in bundles of 10, 20 or 40 tickets and prizes included Sport Equipment packages, I-Tunes gift cards, Game Stop gift cards and free weeks at the Harborfields Alumni and Community Educational Foundation (HACEF), Booster Club and Mecurio summer camps. The big items from the evening were a GoPro Camera and Beats by Dre Headphones.  

“We would like to thank TJL PTA president Kimberly Arias and the PTA for all of their help and support leading up to the tournament and the day of the tournament,” said physical education teacher Michele Turchiano. “We would also like to thank the TJL faculty and staff for their donations and Assistant Principal Mary Williams and Principal Marguerite Greene for allowing us to continue to run our tournament year in and year out.”

“We truly appreciate the entire TJL family for coming together to help us make this year’s tournament a memorable one,” she added.

Stacey Renz visited the school at the end of January to meet some of the students who participated in the tournament and thanked them personally for a job well done.