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Welcome back, Mr. Iurka!

June 26, 2023

An amazing moment happened during last week's "Moving Up" ceremony at Nesaquake Middle School.

Social Studies teacher Rick Iurka, who has been battling cancer the last few months, reunited to see faculty and students!

There were two students in particular he was looking forward to seeing, Gracyn Catalanotto and Morgan DeBello. Upon hearing about his cancer battle, Gracyn and Morgan, who had Mr. Iurka as a teacher in 7th grade, both came up with the idea to raise money for him by buying #iurkastrong bracelets and selling them throughout the school.

The girls raised $771 dollars and will send that money to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Great job girls! The news, though, gets even better as Mr. Iurka is now cancer free and plans on returning to teaching this fall!

Mr. Iurka, Mr. McCabe and students


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Mr. Iurka and students