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Junior Spearheads Fundraiser for Wreaths Across America

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Growing up in a military family brought Liam Cooper to Port Jefferson just last year to continue his studies at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School. In a conversation with assistant principal Mr. Kevin Bernier, Liam, a junior, suggested an idea that he wanted to share in his new school community. Mr. Bernier put him in touch with Mrs. Deirdre Filippi, who is the co-adviser of the Varsity Club, and a thoughtful collaboration was brought to fruition.

To recognize National Wreaths Across America Day on Dec. 14, the Varsity Club and Liam have collaborated on a project to sell wreaths at $15 each, to be a part of wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 1,600 additional locations across the country.

“It was something that was important to me, and I am excited by the enthusiasm of those I’ve shared it with,” Liam said of the support of his classmates, teachers and people in the community.

The fundraiser continues until Friday, Dec. 6. Donations can be forwarded to Mrs. Filippi at or contact her for more information.
Saturday, March 06, 2021