Culminating their collective fundraising efforts, the W.T. Clarke Middle School Change 4 Change club presented donations to 10 worthy charitable organizations during a special ceremony on May 31.
Change 4 Change is a student-driven service club in which members develop creative fundraising projects and hold competitions throughout the year to benefit charities of their choosing. Over the course of the academic year, members have organized and participated in fundraising events, provided services to the community and advocated for organizations close to their hearts to receive donations at the end-of-year assembly. This year’s fundraisers included Dunk-A-Teacher, Teacher Polar Plunge, Ugly Sweater Day, Guess the Candy Corn, Principal for a Day, Coin Collection: Competition of the Grades, Denim for Dollars, and raffles and book collections.
Opening the Change 4 Change Giving Assembly, W.T. Clarke Middle School Principal Stacy Breslin welcomed students, faculty and honored guests to this heartwarming celebration.
“I am very proud of each and every one of you for bringing our motto, ‘Clarke Cares,’ to life today,” Breslin said. “It is through your generosity, strong moral character and fundraising efforts that you have made a positive impact on the school and community.”
The festivities continued as W.T. Clarke Middle School Homes and Career teacher Anne LaGreca received the “Be the Change” award for going above and beyond in making a positive difference at W.T. Clarke Middle School and in the community.
Prior to presenting the charity representatives with their checks, club members explained why the organization is important to them and how it has made an impact in their lives. This year’s charities included the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association of America, Last Hope Animal Rescue, the League of Yes, the Hagedorn Little Village, the Henry Viscardi School, Building Homes for Heroes, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Bethany House and the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County.
Change 4 Change advisors Katie Pienkos and Ashley Sanalitro express their gratitude to the W.T. Clarke Middle School administration, faculty, students and custodial staff for their support, guidance and help throughout the year. They also thank the club members for their dedication and hard work each week and throughout the year.