‘Change for Change’ Benefits Local Organizations

‘Change for Change’ Benefits Local Organizations photo

Change for Change, the service learning club at W.T. Clarke Middle School, held its annual Giving Ceremony on May 25 to honor and benefit a number of charitable organizations.

Students of the club started the school year by holding meetings to research and select 13 nonprofits that held significance for one or more of the club’s members. Over the course of the year, the club worked tirelessly to raise funds through various events and initiatives, culminating with a ceremony in the school’s auditorium to present those funds.

Eleven of the 13 foundations were represented at the ceremony, with the other two sending along thank-you letters. This year’s selected charities were the Lustgarten Foundation, the school’s own Giving Tree, March of Dimes, Food Allergy Research and Education, the Lupus Foundation of America, the Long Island Crisis Center, Sunrise Day Camp, the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, the Book Fairies, DEBRA (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association) of America, Save the Children – Hurricane Maria Relief, Education Through Music and America’s VetDogs.

The event opened with the Be the Change Award being presented to Erick Greenberg, a social studies teacher at the school, for his efforts and contributions. Each organization was then introduced and welcomed by selected students and, following a brief speech, awarded with a plaque of recognition and a donation check.

Among the donations was a special contribution to the Lustgarten Foundation, a pancreatic research organization, in memory of former dean of students and head football coach At W.T. Clarke High School, John Boyle. Mr. Boyle passed away a few weeks prior to this event following his battle with pancreatic cancer. 

Change for Change has been in existence for 13 years, with advisors Katie Pienkos and Ashley Sanalitro leading the initiative for the last four.