Community Change

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Local charitable organizations gathered in the auditorium of W.T. Clarke Middle School as the service learning club hosted the annual Change for Change Giving Ceremony on May 31. 

For the 14th straight year, students started collaborating on this project in the fall. Together, students researched and selected 11 nonprofit organizations that held significance for the club’s members. Approximately $2,500 was collected throughout the school year during various fundraising events and initiatives such as the school’s Dunk Tank and the Long Beach Polar Plunge.

The giving ceremony served as a culmination of this project and was attended by representatives of local charities including the Book Fairies, Long Island Cares: Music to Meals, the school’s own Giving Tree, March of Dimes, Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association, Last Hope Animal Rescue, America’s VetDogs, John Thiesen’s Children’s Center, Sunrise Day Camp, Make A Wish and the Epilepsy Foundation.

The ceremony opened with the presentation of the Be the Change Award to Elliot Oppenheim, W.T. Clarke technology teacher, for his efforts, contributions and support of the service learning club and all W.T. Clarke events. Each organization was then introduced and welcomed by students in the serving learning club, who provided a brief explanation of the charity and awarded a plaque of recognition along with the donation check.

“Thank you to advisors Katie Peretzman and Ashley Sanalitro for their efforts in leading this initiative for a fifth straight year,” said Principal Stacy Breslin.

The district congratulates the service club for another successful year of supporting local organizations.