A Message from Superintendent Pero: 2018 Teddi Bowl for Camp Good Days and Special Times

During our annual all staff orientation this summer, I drew on the inspiration of a book titled, Wonder. The book is filled with valuable messages about the importance of an inclusive environment using the concept of precepts as teaching points throughout.  Among the many precepts I highlighted, my favorite is, “Be kind for everyone is fighting a hard battle.”

This precept became something our students had the opportunity to learn first-hand as our District partnered with the Victor Central Schools and Camp Good Days and Special Times to honor children with cancer and sickle cell anemia as well as children who are cancer survivors. This took place leading up to and including our season opener as we participated and competed in the 2018 Teddi Bowl fundraiser for Camp Good Days and Special Times.

Prior to the Teddi Bowl, children from Camp Good Days were assigned to the Pittsford or Victor team as honorary coaches and cheerleaders. These honorees attended practices with the football teams and cheer squads, met the head coaches, athletic directors and team captains at a press conference held a week before the game, and were on the sidelines for the entire game. The true warriors were not on the field that day, but were among the children excitedly cheering their teams on while fighting a battle of their own.

It was an honor and a privilege for our student athletes to participate in such an important game in support of those courageous children battling cancer and sickle cell anemia right here in our own community. I could not be prouder of our students who demonstrated compassion, leadership and heart during this event.

The game was played at St. John Fisher College to a crowd of over 2,500 and raised more than $10,000 to help fund programs provided free of charge to children and families affected by cancer and sickle cell anemia. The schools raised this money through ticket and t-shirt sales along with a generous $1,000 donation from the Pittsford Cheer and Football Booster Clubs.

Each of us has the power to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others, and for PCSD to kick off the beginning of the school year in this way sets the course for an amazing year ahead. As the first month of school draws to a close, I encourage each of you to consider what precept, or words of inspiration, you might follow as we journey through this school year together.

The Teddi Bowl honors the memory of Teddi Mervis, the daughter of Camp Good Days and Special Times founder Gary Mervis who started the residential camp in 1979 when his youngest daughter, Teddi, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Since that time, Camp Good Days and Special Times has become one of the largest organizations of its kind, having served as model for other organizations and cancer treatment centers around the world.