Dudek insisted on keeping his mustache though.
“I probably haven’t seen my upper lip since eighth grade,” he said. Ironically, that was when he was a student at this same school. And Quirke was his guidance counselor.
“I’m back in my old stomping grounds,” said Dudek, who’s worked at AMSS for about five years.
Quirke accentuated the convocation with a school-wide Harlem Shuffle. It’s the latest dance craze in which someone wears a helmet or mask and gets the rest of the group going. Quirke donned a football helmet and struck some “Saturday Night Fever”-worthy moves as students flooded the gym floor and others danced in the bleachers. One pupil performed an impressive version of the Worm.
“Everyone else jumps in with whatever dance move they want to do,” Quirke said. “I knew the kids would know what it was. Obviously they wanted to participate.”
Dudek had no regrets on taking the challenge.
“It was for a good cause,” he said. “We were kind of hurting a little bit (with fundraising). I figured if it gets kids to donate, why not. It’ll grow back.”
Well, there was one regret: “That it’s not a little warmer.” Quirke says events like this are important in showing people, especially youths, what kind of positive impact they can make. For something that started with jars of pennies and ended this way is impressive.
“It gets the kids to realize there are people dealing with other stuff,” Quirke said. “Just by bringing a few pennies or whatever helps make a difference. This is just a culminating celebration.”