Malverne Students Scrub Cars to Save Frost Valley Trip [Photos]

The Save Frost Valley Committee raises $1,150 through car wash.

Chipping away at its goal to raise the $44,000 needed to preserve the sixth grade field trip cut from the Malverne school district' 2012-2013 budget, the Save Frost Valley Committee held a car wash fundraiser on Sept. 8.

Parents and students spent hours scrubbing cars inside the parking lot of Malverne High School, raising a total of $1,150 by the day's end. Several community and faculty members, including Howard T. Herber Middle School Principal Steven Gilhuley, supported the effort by making donations to the committee in return for having their cars cleaned by the hard-working kids and volunteers.

The committee's next fundraiser will be a concert on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the middle school, featuring American Idol sensation Robbie Rosen. Tickets can be purchased in advanced ($7 per child, $12 for adults) by emailing at the school or by emailing FrostvalleyHTH@gmail.com, or at the door ($10 per child, $15 for adults). They're also selling Save Frost Valley T-shirts for $10 each.

This district has booked the three-day field trip for the first week of June, but it will be cancelled if the Save Frost Valley Committee does not have all the funds collected and submitted to the Malverne Board of Education by its February 2013 business meeting. Speaking on behalf of the committee, Malverne School Board Trustee and SVF Committee member Gina Genti asked the board to consider a request made in late July to have the district pay a portion of the trip's cost, which it would later be reimbursed for by Nassau BOCES. Click here to learn more.

Todd Hundley September 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Since I did not attend Herber, can someone enlighten me on the purpose of the Frost Valley trip? With people losing jobs & budget cuts, can't the money be put to a better use? Unless the Frost Valley trip is educational, then I can understand, but if it's just a fun trip - why not look into alternatives?
Gregg Jefferies September 18, 2012 at 01:26 PM
@Todd a trip to adventure land can be educational, that's not the point. It costs $175 to send a student to FV. Each student should do their own fund raising all Summer and keep proper recordings. They should then write a paper about what they learned while fundraising. I bet they will learn alot more during their summer entrepreneurship then through this trip. PS Why don't you sponser a student to go?
Gina Genti September 18, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Todd Frost Valley is a trip that many, many schools districts have. It is not HTH specific. Lynbrook, Oceanside, and many others participate. There is science curriculum embedded in the trip that makes it eligible for educational aid from BOCES. Is it more than an educational trip? . Absolutely. It's a school experience I want my son to have and that's why I'm willing to pay for it myself.
LYNBROOK92 CHAMPS September 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Yeah, its an educational science trip alright. Anatomy. It used to be an 8th grade trip and the kids were doing too much "research". It is a good trip though and I believe each parent should decide if there kid is going and use fund raising to foot the bill.
Todd Hundley September 18, 2012 at 05:29 PM
@ Gina, thank you for the clarification. I just do not see how this trip, when funding is an issue, is necessary. Why not broaden the children's minds in other areas? How about day trips to Philadelphia to learn about our country (and Franklin Institute for science), or Boston? Or Washington DC for an overnight trip - learn about government & how it works. I'm sure one of our many local congressmen or senators can provide opportunities for the children. have these options been considered? In these times, is Frost Valley a necessity?
Todd Hundley September 18, 2012 at 05:32 PM
@Gregg, great idea. Expand the student's minds in more ways than just going on a trip that is a "Get out of School" . These kids are in 6th grade, if they're able to go on a sleep away trip, they should be able to learn & understand HOW to earn the funds to go such a trip. If such students offered to wash my car, or rake my leaves, or shovel snow, I'd gladly put money towards this trip for them. Again, were there any alternatives considered?
Highlander September 18, 2012 at 11:11 PM
@Todd, good point. What are the alternatives Gina? Are there other locations the students may visit? Can the trip be broadened to a subject outside of science? There are many opportunities for children to learn leadership & team building through mechanics & construction at different museums and workshops. How about a math centered trip? I know for a fact that the Herricks admin building offers Math workshops for students. Why is the BOE and HTH so dead set on going to Frost Valley? Because it's tradition? Well, traditions can change.
Gina Genti September 19, 2012 at 01:42 PM
@Todd, Gregg and Highlander-many of the types of trips you are proposing already occur in our district at different grade levels. Museums, trips to the Capitol, Mathathon and Family Math Day-all great ideas and all something our students have an opportunity to participate in. If you are under the impression that Malverne students are not exposed to these types of experiences you are mistaken. The 6th grade highlight has been, for decades, Frost Valley which provides a multitude of hands learning experiences that can't be duplicated in a classroom. To your point Todd, the funding issue has been taken out of the equation by the parents of the students. We are not asking the schools to pay for the trip. We are doing it ourselves. Also Todd, the 6th graders were washing cars last weekend and I'm sure they will be providing other services to the community in exchange for donations. Please feel free to support them.
Gina Genti September 19, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Visit our Facebook page for more information on Save Frost Valley. https://www.facebook.com/#!/SaveFrostValley
Gina Genti September 19, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Thank you for the raking/shoveling to fundraise idea. Love it! Can I sign you up?
Todd Hundley September 19, 2012 at 02:26 PM
When I see it in action, I'll be sure to sign up Gina.


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