Walking for a Cure

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Proving that not even the threat of rain could dampen their spirit of giving, Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School students turned their school’s hallways into a walking course to participate in this year’s Mini Relay for Life. The program, which has become an annual tradition at the building, is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, coordinated by physical education teacher Maria Amoscato.

Before the more than 200 participants walked countless laps around the school, all gathered in the gymnasium for a kickoff event. On the walls were creative banners fashioned by each of the school’s classes – blanketing the room with a real sense of hope for the future. Ms. Amoscato delivered a welcome address and attendees heard from teacher Becky Pagnotta, who shared how cancer had affected a member of her family. Throughout the program, students earned a white and purple bead to place on a necklace to record every mile walked and had the chance to take part in a variety of raffles on display.

Through generous donations from family and friends, this year’s event raised $8,368.8 for the cause; $1,390 of which was singlehandedly collected by lead fundraiser Jared Massa.

Over the past five years, the school has collected more than $ 40,000 for this cause.

The entire community will have a chance to help this worthy cause during the upcoming Rocky Point Relay for Life event, which will take place at Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School in Rocky Point beginning at 6:00 p.m. on June 13 and run until 6:00 a.m. on June 14. The creative banners made by the students at JAE will also be on display during this event.