The Sanford H. Calhoun High School Racial Equity Club initiated a Bellmore-Merrick districtwide fundraiser called The Hope Project— their contribution to the nonprofit Hope for Haiti.
The idea was initially a passing thought from Calhoun student, Nickolas Mascary, but that thought became a large endeavor making waves outside Calhoun and outside the district.
John F. Kennedy High School’s Diversity Equity Inclusion Club, Wellington C. Mepham High School’s Equity Alliance, Grand Avenue Middle School’s International Culture Club, Merrick Avenue Middle School International Buddy Club, all joined along and helped fundraise money.
“Out of 28+ events, one event stood out the most; a districtwide, Hope Day,” explained faculty adviser and Calhoun social studies teacher Beth Finneran. “Students and faculty members were encouraged across the district to wear blue and participate in a bake sale on GivingTuesday.”
A bake sale was held in every school in the district, raising over $900 on Nov. 29.
Many engaging events included a meeting with Skyler Badenoch, CEO of Hope for Haiti, an interview with Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream co-founder, Jerry Greenfield, a Krispy Kreme Fundraiser and a Trivia Night.
The large endeavor ran for 111 days, starting at Calhoun’s ColtFest on Sept. 17 and ended on Jan. 3.
- The Calhoun High School Racial Equity Club.
- The Grand Avenue Middle School’s International Culture Club.
- The Merrick Avenue Middle School International Buddy Club.
- The Mepham High School’s Equity Alliance.
Photos courtesy of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District