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Islip HS Concludes Pink By the Bay Campaign

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After a month of fundraising, the Islip High School Jr. Chamber of Commerce, under the direction of adviser Renée Clock, presented the Islip Breast Cancer Coalition with a donation of $700. According to coalition representative Danielle Geraghty, the generous donation will be used for transportation, meals, financial support and more by those trying to beat breast cancer.

Through the month of October, Islip High School students tried to boost awareness of breast cancer by hosting a number of pink activities including the painting of school windows for support of Northwell Health’s Pink by the Bay campaign, offering pink hair extensions, hanging pink ribbons and Northwell Health’s Pink by the Bay banner and multiple fundraising activities.

Northwell Health representatives Edgar Cerna, Patti-Lynn Garrett and Nicole Mosca also chose portfolio art student Kaitlyn Trocchio as the winner of the Pink By the Bay window competition. The talents of student-artists from Laura Vogelsberg’s portfolio art class were showcased in several high school windows for students to not only enjoy, but to bring further awareness of this prevalent disease and to support those affected by it. Kaitlyn received a $50 Amazon gift card.

Ms. Mosca, who is program manager for community relations at Northwell Health, said the school really came together during the Pink By the Bay campaign, furthering the hospital’s assessment of how close the school is.

Principal Jon LaRochester also congratulated the students on their tremendous job in raising awareness of breast cancer and through raising funds for such an important cause. “People look, stop and talk as they pass these windows, which is so important,” he said.