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VIDEO: Students band together for sick classmate

DEER PARK, NY, DEC 1, 2010,: Eighth grade

DEER PARK, NY, DEC 1, 2010,: Eighth grade student Dillon Korsiak, 13, at Robert Frost Middle School, paints a poster for a Bone Marrow Donor Drive Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010 in Deer Park, NY. The posters are for the drive to be held at the school on Saturday on behalf of Karl Zaharia, a 13 year old student at the school who has Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and is in need of a transplant. Photo by Ed Betz Credit: Photo by Ed Betz

The students at Robert Frost Middle School in Deer Park are hoping to inspire a special kind of courage lately -- Kourage with a ‘K’ -- for their classmate Karl Zaharia, who is out of school while being treated for leukemia.

After Karl, an eighth grader, left school this fall after being diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in August, the school came together to sponsor a bone marrow drive, which will take place this Saturday, and a holiday card (or kard) project.

The students in Maria Giglio’s art class took on the project they call ‘Kards for Karl,” and have been cutting up and re-purposing old holiday cards and magazine ads to create unique holiday cards that will be sold in school. The purchaser of the cards will have the option of writing a personal message to Karl, who Principal Eliana Levey said is doing well but is frustrated that he can’t be with his friends in school.

The bone marrow drive, where participants will have the inside of their mouth swabbed, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Robert Frost Middle School Gymnasium, 450 Half Hollow Hills Rd., Deer Park.

On Wednesday, students in Giglio's class took a break from designing cards because they wanted to paint posters to draw attention to Saturday’s bone marrow drive.

If you can't make Saturday's drive, which is from 10 to 4 p.m. at Robert Frost Middle , 450, Half Hallow Road, Deer Park, you can still register to donate at another time here.

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