Thank You D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation

There was a wonderful cooperative spirit in the air around Maplewood as our South Huntington students learned about the various tools they were using, following directions, and sharing responsibilities with Maplewood’s mentoring staff to get their project completed. Tom Keogh and his student make final adjustments to the seat.
There was a wonderful cooperative spirit in the air around Maplewood as our South Huntington students learned about the various tools they were using, following directions, and sharing responsibilities with Maplewood’s mentoring staff to get their project completed. Tom Keogh and his student make final adjustments to the seat.
A special thanks to our incredible volunteers, many of whom are shown here, for their times spent on a busy Saturday morning for our Maplewood school community.
A special thanks to our incredible volunteers, many of whom are shown here, for their times spent on a busy Saturday morning for our Maplewood school community.
Trish Wilkinson and her student put the finishing touches on their bike and is ready for a safety inspection ensuring the bike is ready to ride.
Trish Wilkinson and her student put the finishing touches on their bike and is ready for a safety inspection ensuring the bike is ready to ride.
The Fergusons and Foundation supporters with Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia after an amazing morning meant to help motivate and empower youngsters to positively interact with peers and adults in this unique “Bicycle Program.”
The Fergusons and Foundation supporters with Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia after an amazing morning meant to help motivate and empower youngsters to positively interact with peers and adults in this unique “Bicycle Program.”
Mr. Eric Hernandez, (with microphone) is a special adviser to the foundation. Here he gets a big response when he tells our students that the bikes they built are theirs to take home.
Mr. Eric Hernandez, (with microphone) is a special adviser to the foundation. Here he gets a big response when he tells our students that the bikes they built are theirs to take home.
Dr. D’Elia (right) would like to thank his staff and the Ferguson family for their generosity in selecting Maplewood Intermediate School as their Long Island destination for the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation Bicycle Program.
Dr. D’Elia (right) would like to thank his staff and the Ferguson family for their generosity in selecting Maplewood Intermediate School as their Long Island destination for the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation Bicycle Program.

The Maplewood cafeteria was a buzz of activity on a recent Saturday morning as carefully selected students, with family members in tow, participated in a special ‘Bicycle Program.’ Maplewood’s staff members, as well as Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia and Mr. Ken Ferguson of the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation greeted families as they made their way to their own bike station.  Mr. Ferguson’s son, D’Brickashaw, was an elite offensive tackle in the NFL, and just this past year retired from the NY Jets.

“Brick” and his foundation partnered with Maplewood Intermediate School and the South Huntington School District to share their mission to help motivate and empower youngsters in a unique program where, working with mentoring adults, assemble a bicycle.  The completed bikes went through a safety inspection ensuring they were all properly built and ready to ride.

The youngsters were doing this under the guise that the bike would be donated to other children, but to their delight, learned after they had built their bicycles, that they were theirs to keep.

Dr. D’Elia would like to thank his staff and the Ferguson family for their generosity in selecting Maplewood Intermediate School as their Long Island destination for the D’Brickashaw Ferguson Foundation Bicycle Program. A special thanks to our incredible volunteers: Anthony Visslailli, Thomas Keogh, Maria Colon, Renee Schumm, Daniel Campbell, Toby Elmore, Mary Gross, Anthony Fauci, Elisa Steininger, Laura Zuhoski, Karen Trzaska, Kristen Cuozzo, Sheila Dolan-Manner, Susan Hug-Quinn, Gail Shapiro, Linda Muratore, Steven Attrino, Patricia Wilkinson, Mark Graciani, Jessica Gaitan, Viviana Vargas, Heather Powers, Jacqueline Maggio, and Dr. Alison Bruno. 

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