The Locust Valley cheerleaders have been giving back to the community in many ways. As they have been doing for many years, the team collected teddy bears to donate to children in hospitals and homeless shelters. The community service project was part of a bigger teddy bear collection effort by the New York State Fraternal Order of Court Officers.

But not just children benefit from the cheerleaders’ generosity.  Residents of Glen Cove Manor enjoyed a holiday performance that put smiles on their faces. In a place where many people are recovering from an illness or injury, or just feeling lonely during the holiday season, the visit was a great way to “cheer” them up. Mrs. Bea Rupp’s sixth grade home and careers class made special holiday gifts that the cheerleaders brought for the residents.

Varsity cheerleading coach Doreen Kobus said the team really enjoys doing community service. “They feel good knowing they are making others feel good,” she said.