Number of Participants: 350
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $2,958
Event Amount Raised: $1,170
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: April 2, 2019
The Bethpage Union Free School District’s John F. Kennedy Middle School student council recently donated a check for $1,170.35 to Autism Speaks, thanks to a successful “Penny Wars” fundraiser.
During the school’s annual Spirit Week, held throughout the second week of February, lunch periods competed against each other in a “Penny Wars” competition. It was decided by the student council that the money raised was to be donated to Autism Speaks prior to World Autism Awareness Day on April 2. The advocacy organization Autism Speaks sponsors autism research and conducts awareness as well as outreach activities aimed at families, governments and the public.
Students in the seventh-period lunch group raised the greatest amount of funds, and were rewarded with a pancake breakfast hosted by staff members on March 15. Student council advisers Julianna LaLuna and Melissa Mackenzie were extremely proud and thankful to all who got involved and generously participated.
“The competition was a perfect way to bring out the best of our students and help raise awareness and funds for Autism Speaks,” said Ms. Mackenzie.