CPHS “Battle of the Classes, Battling for a Cause” to Benefit Tuesday’s Children

By: Julia Beattie, SO Secretary

September 2016 will mark the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.  Consequently, this year Carle Place High School’s 9th annual Battle of the Classes, Battling for a Cause event honors those affected by this tragic day. Carle Place Student Organization and Key Club officers chose Tuesday’s Children as this year’s beneficiary of fundraising efforts.    Tuesday’s Children was founded to promote long-term healing for all those directly impacted by the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. An estimated 3,051 children lost a parent on 9/11.   Over 33,000 responders and survivors have faced and continue to face 9/11-related illnesses . The students chose a foundation close to the community’s heart. Many families in town and employees of the Carle Place school district were affected by 9/11 in some way.  Carle Place High School security guard, Greg Cantiello; Port Authority Employee and CP Alumni Robert Jarvis; art teacher, Mr. Krause, who volunteered with the Wantagh Fire Department in the aftermath; Fine Arts Chairperson, Mrs. Russo who volunteered at St. Paul’s Church, a place of rest for first responders; Battalion Captain Chief and Carle Place resident, Charles Vella; and father of Student Organization Secretary Julia Beattie, Lieutenant John Beattie; these are just a few of the many who were impacted.

After months of planning by The Student Organization and The Key Club, the highly anticipated event arrived.  Sophomore Christiana Caliendo said, “The day of battle is the best day of the school year.”  The evening of February 26, 2016 was filled with fun, spirit, and competition and truly exhibited how our small town can really come together for an important cause.  The students of Carle Place High School were able to raise $20,000 for Tuesday’s Children.  The goal of the Student Organization and Key Club was to raise awareness of the impact of 9/11 and to keep alive the memories of those affected.  Student Organization and Key Club leaders are sure that the night and cause will be remembered forever.  Student Organization Vice President, Sophia Urrutia stated,  “Hours of planning and hard work went into the event this year, so seeing the excitement among the students, faculty, and representatives of Tuesday’s Children was an extremely rewarding feeling.”  Key Club President, Thomas Vestuto, noted:  “Battle of the Classes, Battling for a Cause is an amazing opportunity to unify the school through service learning.  By raising thousands of dollars for various charities and organizations, we are able to show what teamwork can really do, even if we are a really small school.”

Present at Battle of the Classes, Battling for a Cause were Matt Dimmling (2006) and Kristen Dimmling (2009) who are both CPHS graduates and members of the Junior Executive Board of Tuesday’s Children.  Matt and Kristen lost their uncle William John Dimmling on September 11, 2001.  William Dimmling worked for March and McLennan.  Also present at the event was CP resident Tina Karen.   The video and event were dedicated to the memory of her husband Charles Karen.  Charles Karen passed away due to 9/11 related cancer in November of 2015.  

Congratulations to our top fundraiser, sophomore Gabriella Murray,  and to the class of 2016 for winning the 2016 Battle of the Classes, Battling for a Cause.

Carle Place HS will display a Flag Field of Honor in September in remembrance of 9/11.