Long Island students taking ALS effort national

NORTHPORT, N.Y. (AP) — Students at a suburban New York high school are taking their movement to eradicate ALS to schools across the country after raising $3 million in the decade since a teacher's diagnosis.

Students from Northport High School are redirecting their efforts after their last fundraising gala Thursday at a Long Island mansion.

The administrative director of the ALS research center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore says they're an inspiration and a model for student-led philanthropy.

Schools in Texas and Nevada, and several other districts on Long Island, have shown interest. They'll continue to raise money through broader events. A 5K race has been proposed.

ALS is a degenerative neurological disease that affects muscle movement. It's also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

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