Pictured 1st row: Angie Gomez, Madison Peters, Emily Zahralban. 2nd row: Kaylee Thatcher, Annie Mezzatesta, Karli Monsell, Isabella Gascon, Grace Mezzatesta, Row 3: Stuco Advisor Mr. DiPuma, Jack Armann, Cassidy Solina, Michaela Lyons, Mitchell Mordente, Isabella Banellis, Dr. Colson, Principal.
The Bellport Middle School Student Council concluded its third consecutive “Penny Wars” for Cancer Research. The school engaged in a month long competition this January, in which the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students battled it out to see which grade could win the most points while raising money for cancer research. Cassidy Solina,
8th grade Student Council Representative, said “We all know someone who has been affected by this terrible disease and remembering those people helped push us to beat the goal.” This year the council set the goal to beat the $3,010 record that was set last year. The faculty and students set out to do exactly that. The success of this fundraiser was supported by many of the staff members helping to cheerlead and coordinate the students' enthusiasm. Other students took to collecting outside of local supermarkets to help increase their collection. In the end, Bellport Middle School collected $3,800, which will go directly to Johns Hopkins University for Cancer Research.
Bellport Middle School Student Council advisor, Mr. Di Puma, said that he is truly grateful for the collective efforts of the Bellport faculty, staff and students. He stated that he is continually inspired by the charitable nature of the Middle School and the amazing feats that the faculty, students and staff continue to accomplish on a daily basis.