Baskets for "Bubba" Inspires John Street School
What do you get when you mix learning about people with different challenges in their lives, sports, commitment and a school? What you get is inspiration and "Baskets for Bubba" at John Street School. While the children at John Street School may not know Scott "Bubba" Pollock they have learned what it takes to never give up and understand that "failure is not an option." Scott "Bubba" Pollock is the son of John Street School teacher Mrs. Pollock. He was a student at the Henry G. Viscardi School for young people with physically challenges and different abilities. He was the life of the Henry G. Viscardi School wheelchair basketball team and an inspiration to all who knew him.
Memories of Scott burn bright in the John Street School family. That could be seen clearly in the faces of students who attended a special assembly where they met students from the Viscardi School and learned that nothing is impossible in your life. It's what you do to make things happen. The assembly where students asked questions and learned from young people their own age motivated the school to raise money in the "Baskets for Bubba Challenge." Scott's mom, Mady, helped coordinate the event with members of the John Street School Student Council, teachers and Principal Dr. Ceil Candreva.
Throughout the day, students filled into the gymnasium, took foul shots and raised funds for the non-profit that generously donates to scholarships, the physically challenged and more. The day according to Mady Pollock is "my favorite day of the year at John Street School." Principal Dr. Ceil Candreva was especially proud of the effort noting, "the students did this. The Student Council learns about leadership, they work very hard and look at the results."
As students lined up to take their shots, the meaning behind the day was especially poignant. One student noted "I feel really good about doing this because we are helping people." For Pollock however, it's a day where she celebrates her son and all he worked so hard to achieve. The Bulletin was given a special look at "Bubba" through a DVD video of a basketball game he played where he would lead his team down the court using his wheelchair and dribbling the ball with his foot. He would pass the ball to his friends, take shots and encourage his teamates every step of the way.
The video is one of the only videos his mother still has as a result of the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. His mother's collection of videos was destroyed in the storm. The DVD however captured the essence of Scott "Bubba" Pollock and the love of life he had. But perhaps the greatest symbol of Scott's vitality and character came through on a picture on Mady Pollock's desk at John Street School. In it, he has a beaming smile at a Yankee game while wearing his Boston Red Sox hat. "See that," remarked Mady Pollock," "he did that at a Yankee game. He loved that game."