Number of Participants: 38
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $1,284
Event Type: Health & Medicine
Date: November 1, 2021
Alfred G. Berner Middle School
Carman Mill Road, Massapequa
Berner Middle School in the Massapequa School District marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its annual Think Pink Day on Oct. 21. Proceeds from the day were donated to the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition, a non-profit organization that provides patient support services, education and advocacy programs.
The student council, under the direction of advisers Kristen Meoli and Denise Robertson, sold shirts to the students and staff. The National Junior Honor Society, led by Susan Beitzinger and Juliette Happe, raised money by selling ghost lollipops. Chiefs Challenge, advised by Ms. Happe and Caroline Glynn, educated Berner students about breast cancer with posters and facts during morning announcements. They also sold pink masks, buttons and bracelets to the faculty and staff.
Donations to the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition were made in memory of Suzanne Scanio, a former Unqua Elementary School teacher. Additionally, fall sports teams raised money for breast cancer research, with proceeds going to the Side-Out Foundation.
“Even though we are just students,” eight grader Alyssa Payero said, “it is important to show people who have this disease that they are not alone and that they are supported.”
Photo caption: Students from Berner Middle School participated in Think Pink day on Oct. 21 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Photo courtesy of the Massapequa School District