I.S. 125 raises funds to fight cancer

The students, faculty, and staff of I.S. 125 raised $ 1,001 to help the fight against breast cancer. (l-r) Judy Fariselli, member of parent association, Bryan Boodhoo, 13, Samantha Fariselli, 13, Amanda Boodhoo, 12, Hilda Bairan, principal, Melissa Felipe, 13, Alyssa Mateo, 12, Rosa Silva, member of parent association, and Wendy DeTiberiis, parent coordinator. Photo by Amanda Marinaccio

Doing their part to help others, the students of I.S. 125 have raised money for breast cancer awareness and prevention.

As a uniformed institution, principal Hilda Bairan and administrators of I.S 125, located 1111 Pugsley Avenue, hoped raising money through a dress down day would be a good incentive to motivate participation for a worthy cause.

“Our kids were very enthusiastic about this,” said Bairan, principal of three years. “All the student got involved and it even spread to the whole community. It’s for something worthy, and cancer is a disease that has touched everyone, including some of the teachers here, so that was taken into consideration when we were choosing what to do.”

Students were asked to contribute $ 1 and to dress in either pink or white, representing the cause. Members of the parents association handed out pink ribbons to all those participating.

“Since we wear uniforms everyday this was good to do,” said Alyssa Mateo, 12. “This is helping others, and can help us in the future too.”

Two days were dedicated to the fundraiser, Friday, February 13 and Friday, February 27, collecting a total of $ 1,001.

Seeing the success of the event, Bairan decided that each month the school will choose a different cause to collect money for, attaching each one to a theme. March will be green and go towards the March of Dimes.

“This was a wonderful idea,” said Judy Fariselli, member of the parent association.

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