Berner Middle School students may not have looked like they put much effort into their wardrobes on March 22, but by wearing their pajamas to school they raised awareness for an important cause.
In addition to donning their nighttime attire during the day, students donated new sets of pajamas for infants, children and teenagers. The collection supported Jake’s Jammies, an initiative of the Ashley Wade Foundation, which was founded by a former Massapequa student. The organization supports children and teens who are chronically ill and gives them a new pair of pajamas each time they enter the hospital.
Members of Chiefs Challenge, a character education club, went around to classrooms collecting pajamas during homeroom. They also accepted monetary donations which will be used to buy more pajamas. A donation box was also placed near the main entrance.
The mission of Chiefs Challenge is to create a positive school climate through the six pillars of character — caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness. Students build a sense of social responsibility and empathy through the club’s various charitable initiatives.
Students dropped donations into a collection bin by the school entrance.
Photos courtesy of Massapequa School District