Students from the Central High School District held a “One Voice, One Message 5K Walk/Run” from Grand Avenue Middle School in Bellmore to Merrick Avenue Middle School in Merrick- and back – last week, raising $10,860 for Memorial Sloane Kettering Hospital’s pediatric children’s cancer research.
More than 430 people registered for the inaugural run, while dozens more turned out to show support. The 5K began in the parking lot of Grand Avenue School, continued on to Merrick Avenue and then circled back to the rear parking lot at Grand Avenue School. The male winner was Chris Perillo, who clocked in at 16:56. The female winner was Doreen Steen, who crossed the line at 17:57.
Dylan Patwell and Peter Martorana were one on hundreds who signed up for a very important cause.
The event was a symbolic gesture of solidarity among the district’s two middle schools, three high schools and the Meadowbrook Alternative Program .
“In spite of the surprise spring snowstorm, the event was a tremendous success,” said Dr. Joseph Netto, one of the run’s organizers. “From the overwhelming community support to the strong showing from the district’s six schools, the 5K indeed demonstrated the principle of ‘One Voice, One Message,’ while highlighting the two communities’ giving nature.”
Runners came from all over the district