Middle School Collects Over $1K During Month of Change

During March 2012, the character development classes at East Islip Middle School created a "Month of Change" community service project. This program had a dual purpose: to benefit the Special Olympics New York as well as help the Make-A-Wish Foundation make Kyle Engblom's “Wish” to swim with the dolphins at Atlantis in the Bahamas come true. Engblom, a seventh-grader at the school, was recently diagnosed with Fatty Acid Hydroxylase-Associated Neurodegeneration, an extraordinarily rare genetic disease affecting the functioning of nerves and muscles.

All homeroom classes at the middle school were given a can to collect loose change. As an incentive, the homeroom that collected the most money (per average number of students in the homeroom) was awarded a breakfast party. At the end of the month, the cans were collected, brought to TD Bank and cashed in, yielding $1,281.57 in donations, divided equally between the Special Olympics and Kyle's Wish. The winning homeroom, collecting $260.14, was Mary Ellen Straub and Savannah Puca's class.