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William E. Cottle School Talent Show Raises Funds For Student

A talent show for children is planned at the William E. Cottle School in the Tuckahoe Union Free School District. Above, children watch performers at another event at the school.
A talent show for children is planned at the William E. Cottle School in the Tuckahoe Union Free School District. Above, children watch performers at another event at the school. Photo Credit: Courtesy/ cottle.tuckahoeschools.org

TUCKAHOE, N.Y.-- Students from the William E. Cottle Elementary School will participate in the 5th Annual Cottle’s Got Talent Show and Benefit in the Cottle Auditorium, in Tuckahoe on Friday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m.

The proceeds of the show will go directly to the family of 11-year-old Tuckahoe student, Jenna Velez, who is undergoing her ninth surgery on her legs.

More than 50 elementary students participating in the show have given their time, talent and commitment to this cause. Many of her middle school friends will be on hand selling concessions and baked goods.

“Jenna was a shining star in our talent show for several years, it only seems fitting to use the show to help our students help one of their own.” says Mr. George Albano, William E. Cottle Principal.

Tonight’s show will be streaming live on the school’s website so Jenna can watch from her hospital bed at the Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla.

Jenna was born with Amyoplasia Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenitia, a condition that doesn’t allow her muscles to completely develop. Her use of leg braces from foot to waist and forearm crutches helps her get around the Tuckahoe Middle School like other girls her age.

Jenna had surgery on her legs in October. Shortly after the operation, X-rays showed that the surgery was unsuccessful. Another surgery on her legs would be necessary before the next surgery on her feet. After that, weeks of rehab and then, with luck, back home, for Christmas.

Jenna has been hospitalized since September. The family has welcomed any help the community can give and the Tuckahoe community has already embraced this opportunity to help by providing meals and some donations.

For further information, call the William E. Cottle School at 914-337-5375.

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