For our first community service event of 2021, FRC Team 533, The PSIcotics decided to go big and organize a fundraiser for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises funds for pediatric cancer research. In true St. Baldrick’s tradition, participants are encouraged to fundraise by volunteering to shave their head as a means of raising awareness for pediatric cancer.
As the first St. Baldrick’s fundraiser Lindenhurst Senior High School has seen since 2016, we challenged numerous clubs and classes from our school to create teams where students and staff could join as participants or volunteers as part of a friendly competition to see who could raise the most money. On March 27th, all teams gathered virtually via Zoom for our Virtual Head-Shave Event, where pledged “shavees” had their heads shaved LIVE via a YouTube Livestream, while team volunteers cheered them on for an at-home audience.
Of all the teams that participated, Team 533 placed atop the Team Leaderboard, raising $2,352.50. Topping the Participant Leaderboard, however, was Megan Scharf of the Student Council Team, who raised the most funds individually with $1,785.60. Despite our initial fundraising goal of $2,500, we were able to raise over $5,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, with 100% of the proceeds going towards research.
Due to the complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, safety precautions during the holiday season has been a major concern for the Lindenhurst School District. In an attempt to ensure that elementary school students had the opportunity to safely go trick-or-treating this Halloween, the Lindenhurst High School Student Council took it upon themselves to organize Trick or Trunk, an outdoor event on Friday, October 30th, in which the elementary students could go trick-or-treating in the high school parking lot.
Dozens of teams and clubs from the high school, including Team533, set up tables and decorated car trunks to participate. Facial coverings were required, and our members were happy to hand out goodie bags of candy, all of which were prepared while wearing gloves and face masks, to the appreciative children and parents. Scroll through the gallery above to see how it went!
Hi there! Long time no see. You’ve probably been wondering where all these PSIcotic highschoolers went, but don’t worry, we’re still here! Back in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic was gaining momentum, our first competition of the 2020 season, which took us all the way to the Rochester Institute of Technology, was cut short. Upon arriving home, Team 533 decided to take a short break out of precaution, while taking the last few months to care for our families and loved ones. Our team places the health and safety of our members as a top priority, and after careful consideration, we have decided the team was ready to meet again, just not in-person.
Every Friday evening at 7 PM, our team gathers on Google Meets with incoming members to discuss the goings on of our daily lives and how the club will move forward. Now that school has returned to in-person learning (sort of), we have begun planning events, including ways to give back during these trying times. Though the 2020 season was eventually canceled, FIRST recently issued a statement that the 2020 game would instead be tweaked, with a similar game being played next year. As we work towards a return to normality, we ask that you all stay safe and healthy. You’ll be hearing more from us very soon!