Soundview students walk the distance to fight cancer

Students from P.S. 196 march along Ward Avenue in Soundview to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Photo by Kirsten Sanchez

These Soundview students REALLY made a difference.

Students at P.S. 196 came up with an idea to raise money to fight cancer.

Efforts began in the beginning of October with a motivational pep rally, and a goal of raising $10,000 to go to the American Cancer Society.

But for the 800 students at the school, at 1250 Ward Ave., that wasn’t enough.

They superseded that goal, raising $10,579.

Students donated $1 each earlier in the month for a “dress down day” and also found people to sponsor them, or donate money, in exchange for their pledge to walk a certain distance.

“We started the fundraiser a month ago, and it was very small, but the students and teachers ran with it,” said faculty member Dimitri Kryoneris. “Our goal was $10,000 even though the people at the American Cancer Society suggested between $1,000 and $3,000. The kids did it, the teachers did it, and today they are out here walking five blocks around the community.”

The main purpose besides fighting cancer, he said, “is to teach the kids that together we can make a difference. It started off as something little, but it was one of the best things I did as an educator.”

Principal Lizzette Rivera said when she first heard Kryoneris’ goal of raising $10,000, the task seemed a bit daunting.

“You set goals and you figure maybe we’ll raise a $1,000 or $2,000 dollars,” Rivera said. “At first I thought it was going to be a huge endeavour, but I am proud to say everyone participated. It turned into something amazing, something better than we ever would have imagined.”

Fifth grade student Heidi Munz said she is walking to find a cure for cancer.

“My great grandmother had cancer and she died because of it,” Munz said. “I think the walk is going good, we’ve already walked around three times. I think its great.”

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