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Teachers Get Dunked for a Good Cause
Posted 05/11/2018 08:00AM


Several teachers and administrators braved the bone-chilling water of a dunk tank to help raise money for charity during a carnival held on campus on Friday, May 4.

Nearly $700 was raised during the sophomore class MISH fundraising event, according to Community Service Coordinator Dena Torino. All proceeds will go to Camfed, says sophomore Brian Margolis, a MISH representative. Camfed supports female education in poor communities in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Ghana and several other African countries.

During the carnival, which was held on the Quad, students eagerly lined up to pitch balls at the dunk tank's bull's-eye. If they hit the target, the tank's seat pivoted downward, sending the "victim" into the tank. Gamely volunteering to get dunked — often repeatedly — were Head of Upper School Matt Ives, Dean of Students Peter Newcomb, Associate Dean of Students Jeff Carnevale, and Upper School teachers Bob Cornigans, Shelly Kaye, Matt Kammrath and Greg Lesser.

The carnival also featured a bouncy castle, basketball hoops, a photo "booth" with a choice of fun props, and such treats as cotton candy and baked goods. Six student bands played music, adding to the festive atmosphere.

Camfed is an international nonprofit organization tackling poverty and inequality by supporting girls to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change, according to the organization's website. Camfed says it invests in girls and women in the poorest rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa, where girls face acute disadvantages, and where their empowerment is now transforming communities.

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