East Quogue Sixth-Graders Pitch In To Help Fund Class Trip To Boston


Following procedure, Tina Commisso yells out the following instructions as the dirty cars and trucks began to roll in on Sunday: “Who wants to rinse? Start from the top!”
Ms. Commisso, a math support teacher at East Quogue Elementary School, helped oversee 20 sixth-graders as they held a car wash at the nearby East Quogue firehouse. The students, who charged $10 per car, were raising money to fund their end-of-the-school-year trip to Boston.

“This is something the kids look forward to—it’s a lot of fun,” Ms. Commisso said while taking a break from her duties.

The East Quogue resident, who is the mother of 12-year-old twins Kristin and Joseph, both sixth-graders at the school, coordinated this year’s student car wash, which ran from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. And there were plenty of takers, including 73-year-old Barbara Bedell of East Quogue.

“It’s a wonderful cause,” said Ms. Bedell as a group of young students cleaned her car. “We have to support our community.”

The car washers had a great time as well.

“It was a fun experience,” Kristin said. “We were busy and there were more cars than I expected.”

Students actually had to reschedule their annual fundraiser, explaining that it was originally planned for the fall but was delayed by Hurricane Sandy. Sunday’s so-so weather—gray skies mixed with sunshine—contributed to a slight decline in customers.

The students still raised $571, a little more than half of the $1,000 they collected last year, when all was said and done. But raising money is only part of the fun.

“The kids are supposed to work in two-hour shifts, but they end up staying the whole time because they’re having fun,” said Tracey Abel, 47, of East Quogue, who assisted with the event. Her daughter, Amanda, is a sixth-grader at the elementary school.

The students are busy making plans to visit Boston at the end of the month. They’ve held other fundraisers throughout the school year, including the sale of coupon books to family and friends, which raised an additional $2,500 for their cause, according to Ms. Abel.

For their trip, which will take place on Thursday and Friday, May 30 and 31, the sixth-graders will catch the ferry in Orient Point and land in New London, Connecticut. From there, a bus will take them to Boston.

Once there, students will visit the Boston Museum of Science and tour Fenway Park, the historic home of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the Prudential building. They will also explore the Old North Church that was made famous by Paul Revere during the American Revolution.

When asked how excited they were about their upcoming trip, the students, who were still busy washing cars, enthusiastically replied: “Very!”

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