About Team Packard
In 2004, Northport High School biology teacher David Deutsch was diagnosed with ALS. Students of Northport High School in Northport, NY rallied behind him and created a grassroots fundraising effort called A Midwinter Night’s Dream (AMND). To date, the student’s effort has raised just over 3 million dollars in the fight against ALS. David’s legacy as a teacher was to allow students to dream, inspire them to reach goals, and push them to believe that nothing was impossible. David believed that students have the power to change the world. Northport High School and AMND are proof that students can make a difference. David’s legacy grows in every student at Northport High school and we believe his ideology can be spread to other students and school districts.
AMND has always worked closely with the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, collaborating as funding partners and with internship placements. Team Packard is a natural progression of this successful partnership. Team Packard takes the successful philanthropy model created at Northport High School and opens it up to schools and groups across the country. The goal of Team Packard is to empower students to make a difference in the fight against ALS and to promote service learning and collaboration amongst students and school communities in the program. To date, sixteen groups are currently hosting Team Packard events in the spring of 2015.
Benefits to the School