Seashore Students THINK PINK To Make A Difference

LONG BRANCH, October 20 –  Seashore Students THINK PINK To Make A Difference was the message sent October 19. Wearing bright pink tee shirts with their school’s logo printed across the front, more than 100 students from The Seashore School, marched from the 345 Second Avenue Campus across the street to the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center to deliver $1,000 they raised in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As part of their donation, boys and girls presented posters they made with messages of hope and a basket of 500 packets of lifesavers they tied with pink ribbons to leave behind for women awaiting mammograms.

According to Seashore Principal and Director John Villapiano, THINK PINK was part of Seashore’s annual Make A Difference Day initiative. Arranged with Jacqueline Wilentz by Preschool teacher Allison Manning, students from the preschool, pre-kindergarten and grade school campuses came together to do their part in the school-wide fundraiser.

“To make the event even more meaningful, Susan Andreasi, the grandmother of pre-kindergarten student Nicholas Mazza, was at Jacqueline Wilentz that morning to receive her last treatment,” Pre-Kindergarten Director Tracy Gallo said. “With help from his teacher Miss Jess (Doehner), Nicholas made a card and had a bouquet of pink flowers to give her during the presentation.”

THINK PINK To Make A Difference was a cause the entire staff wanted to support. Funds were raised by selling pink tee shirts with proceeds and additional donations going to the Breast Center, according to Manning.

“Like Nicholas, too many of us have relatives, friends and co-workers, who have been affected by breast cancer. We wanted to do our part to raise funds to raise awareness because early detection can save lives,” she said.

While the activity took place a few days before National Make A Difference Day October 22, it wasn’t about making a difference that only on that specific day. As part of their program, Seashore students are encouraged to make a difference in the lives of others as often as they can throughout the year.

“Children brighten the days of seniors in assisted living centers, hold fundraisers for soldiers who can’t be home for the holidays, collect mittens and hats for those in need, and help fill pantries at local foodbanks,” Villapiano said.

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STUDENTS THINK PINK. More than 100 Seashore students, wearing bright pink tee shirts with their school’s logo, delivered $1,000 they raised to the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehenisve Breast Center October 19. The fundraiser was part of The Seashore School’s National Make A Difference initiative in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pictured here, Seashore Principal and Director John Villapiano, students and teachers, presented the check to Portia Fuetes, accepting on behalf of Jacqueline Wilentz.