Members of the Port Jefferson School community braved the rain and joined hundreds of other supporters to take part in the annual Out of the Darkness walk, held at Jones Beach on Oct. 28. Their goal, and the ongoing fundraising efforts of the Earl L. Vandermeulen High School Gay Straight Alliance, is help to create awareness and hope for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
“We thank our students for their intrepid spirit in joining this movement to honor those who have struggled with mental health issues,” said Superintendent of Schools Jessica Schmettan.
The students were accompanied at the event by school social worker and adviser to the GSA Kristin Britt and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Christine Austen.
Photo caption: Kristin Britt, (second from right) Earl L. Vandermeulen High School social worker and adviser to the Gay Straight Alliance and Christine Austen, (right) Port Jefferson School District Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Christine Austen, joined students at the Out of the Darkness walk.
Photo courtesy of Port Jefferson School District