Value of Time Served: $0
Event Type: Poverty & Homelessness
Sport: Track and Field
Date: April 21, 2016
2301 Grand Avenue Bellmore
New York 11710, United States
In continuing its mission of unity and service, the “One Voice, One Message” committee within the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District held its second annual 5K Run/Walk on April 16.
With a superheroes theme in place, participants were encouraged to dress accordingly. Race organizers Dr. Joseph Netto, school psychologist at Meadowbrook Alternative Program, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Dr. Mara Bollettieri, and District Social Studies Chairperson Robyn Einbinder carefully planned and executed the event, along with student ambassadors. Proceeds will benefit Plan International, which aides in bringing clean drinking water to people in developing countries.
“The money we raised today will truly go far in building wells for children in Africa” said Sara Samir, a Calhoun junior and student ambassador. “Because the lack of water and sanitation is such a grave issue throughout the world, it really is extraordinary that Bellmore-Merrick is taking an initiative in helping to resolve this world issue.”
Dr. Netto also praised Dr. Bollettieri’s efforts before the race kicked off. “Her passion and dedication to the district have helped this wonderful event become a reality” Dr. Netto said.
Overall winners were Elisa D’Sa, an eighth-grader at Grand Avenue Middle School (20:58) and Alex Rogers, a 10th-grader at Sanford H. Calhoun High School (17:32).
Hundreds gathered at Grand Avenue Middle School for the second annual “One Voice, One Message” 5K Run/Walk.
Julianna Noto and Paige Viola of Grand Avenue and
Kyla Saade, Elisa D’Sa, Anjali Jacob and Cathy Casola of Mepham’s track team.
Grand Avenue’s Jack Parr, Brianne Sheridan and Amelia Elbendary.
Dana Brown and Jackie Shand of the Calhoun track team.
Legislator Steve Rhoads presented a certificate of recognition, of which Calhoun’s Sara Samir accepted on behalf of the district.
New York State Senator Michael Venditto, Superintendent of Schools John DeTommaso and Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Dr. Mara Bollettieri.
Photos courtesy of Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District