Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students in the Bayport-Blue Point School District gathered in the school plaza on May 13 for the school’s annual Walk for a Smile event. Run by speech and language pathologists Christine Monahan and Laurie Katz, the walk is held to recognize May as Better Speech and Hearing Month and has raised thousands of dollars during the past 12 years. This year, the school raised $4,000 to support families of children with cleft care needs.
Before Principal Alane Dugan blew the horn to start the walk, she told the students they should be proud of themselves for raising money for this cause and helping others in need. Wearing Smile Train shirts and decorated T-shirts with smiley faces, the students then joined the faculty in walking laps around the parking lot.
“This is an event the children look forward to every year,” Ms. Dugan said. “It’s also an event that the students will remember for a lifetime.”
A: Sylvan Avenue Elementary School students participated in a Smile Train Walk to benefit families with children with cleft needs.
B: Sylvan Avenue Elementary School speech and language pathologists Christine Monahan, center, and Laurie Katz, right, sponsored a Smile Train Walk which raised $4,000 for families with children with cleft issues.
C: Students at Sylvan Avenue Elementary School decorated their shirts with smiley faces as they walked in the school’s annual Smile Train Walk.
D: From left, Sylvan Avenue Elementary School speech and language pathologists Christine Monahan and Laurie Katz sponsored the school’s annual Smile Train Walk.
Photos courtesy of the Bayport-Blue Point School District