Courtesy Mary Ann Nardi, Riverside Brookfield Township HS District 208

The Riverside Brookfield High School Student Association is planning a fundraiser to aid a student at Komarek School in North Riverside.

Daniele Santucci is a kindergarten student attending Komarek School in North Riverside. She has suffered from cerebral palsy since birth and a few weeks after her sixth birthday was diagnosed with liver cancer.

The Student Association is organizing a fundraiser (Dreams for Daniele) in Daniele’s honor. This will include t-shirt and bracelet sales, a spirit week, and an assembly where students and staff may cut and donate their hair. This event will be similar to St. Baldrick’s, but the hair donated will go to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and the money raised will go directly to the Santucci family. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, is the day of the assembly, and February 6, 7, and 8 are days for students to sign-up to donate.

The students want to raise school spirit in a way that also positively impacts the greater community. As the Student Association Executive Board evaluated their priorities for 2nd semester, they decided that it was crucial to have a fundraiser. After hearing what Komarek was doing for Daniele, they were reminded of St. Baldrick’s Day and chose to adapt it to something more meaningful and that would fit the needs of a child in our community.