Walt Whitman High School cheerleaders hosted a Sandy Relief & Thanksgiving Food Drive that brought together 25 cheerleading squads from across the Island this past Wednesday in Whitman’s South Cafeteria. The Long Island Cheerleading Coaches Association (LICCA) president and local South Huntington resident Ms. Gail Verne worked with LICCA members eight years ago to develop a community service component to the organization, and the Ambassador Cheerleading Team (ACT) was born.

Each coach nominates two girls to represent the team and they attend 3 different charity event fundraisers over the year as representatives of their school. The ACT cheerleaders were a positive force at this year’s Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach and again have come together to help needy members in their community with boxes of food items for the Thanksgiving Holiday. On this particular evening, each team brought enough of one specific food item to be shared with all, and as each of the teams’ ACT representative moved through the cafeteria, they built a food box gathering items from each team.

“This is a great opportunity for the girls to participate in community service projects,” said Ms. Verne. “Our final of the three charity events will be our ‘Box of Smiles’ program to help Pediatric Units at local hospitals. The Box will include many items to engage the children on these units with fun activities.”

Congratulations Whitman Varsity Coach Lisa Spatafora-Lessa and JV Coach Tracy Koch, and their Wildcat Cheerleaders!