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Deasy Unveils New Basketball Hoops in Poignant Dedication

Elementary school PTA funds project for student who tragically passed away in a car accident and brother who is still recovering

GLEN COVE, NEW YORK (JUNE 2022) — Brothers Carmello and Romello Carter were integral members of the Deasy Elementary School family, even after moving on to Landing Elementary School last fall.   

A month into starting third grade, Carmello, 7, and his father, Troy, tragically passed away in a car accident in New Rochelle. His brother Romello, 7, and their sister Tiara, 11, survived the crash, but were hospitalized with severe injuries from which Romello is still recovering.  

Carmello was remembered by his teachers and friends as a beam of light who spread joy to anyone he met. He loved riding bikes around his neighborhood with Romello, playing video games like Minecraft and Fortnite and shooting hoops outside their house. To commemorate Carmello and the impact he and his brother had while students at Deasy, the Parent Teacher Association planned to give its students something the brothers would have loved using together – the school’s first set of basketball hoops.    

“The Carter brothers, Carmello and Romello, became the fabric of our Deasy family while they attended Deasy school from Kindergarten through second grade, noted Deasy Principal Melanie Arfman. “After the tragic accident last summer, the faculty and PTA wanted to honor the spirit of the boys in a joyful, positive way. Our wish is that these generously donated hoops will bring smiles to Deasy students for years to come. While we mourn Carmello’s passing, his joyful spirit will radiate every time a Deasy student is playing hoops on this court, and we look forward to the day Romello steps on the court and shoots his first basket in memory of his brother.”

The Deasy Parent Teacher Association funded the project by dedicating it as the beneficiary of this year’s Read-a-Thon, an annual fundraiser through which students pledge to read more pages the more donations they receive. 

Students raised a total of $10,000 through the Read-a-Thon, which went to the installation of the two basketball hoops on the school’s blacktop and a plaque dedicating the hoops to the Carter brothers. The PTA and school administration recently held a ribbon cutting, where Candice Edwards, the boys’ mother, saw the hoops for the first time and showed them to Romello over video chat. 

“This school district is amazing and it’s so touching that they would build these two hoops and dedicate them to the boys. I hope Ro could see it some day soon,” said Ms. Edwards.  

Both boys played in the Glen Cove Junior Baseball and Softball League and the Glen Cove Junior Soccer League. Edwards described her sons as best friends who were similar, but with different personalities. 

Carmello was more cautious and reserved than Romello, a strict rule follower – specifically during the pandemic – and a perfect mix of an introvert and extrovert.  Describing Carmello, Ms. Edwards said,  “to know him is to love him, he was a very loving, caring, polite, energetic, fearless, amazing little boy. He will forever be loved and missed. I truly believe he is no longer with us because God needed him for something better.” 

 

The Deasy Elementary School Parent Teacher Association recently held a ribbon cutting to present the school’s first set of basketball hoops. The PTA and Deasy family dedicated the hoops to Carmello Carter, who tragically passed away in a car accident last fall, and his brother Romello, who is still recovering from injuries sustained in the accident.

 

The boy’s mother, Candice Edwards, cut the ribbon at the ceremony and showed the hoops to Romello over video chat.

 

The PTA funded the project by dedicating it as the beneficiary of this year’s Read-a-Thon, through which students collected $10,000 in donations.

 

 

Jack Fugazy, Antonio Prato, Leo Iadevaia, Tommy Scagliola and James Rant played a game on the new hoops.

 

James Rant got ready to shoot a basket, while Jack Fugazy tried blocking him.

 

Article and photos by Brian Stieglitz