Dyker Heights Intermediate School, I.S. 201, knows how to raise awareness.
The school — which, two years ago, adopted a “theme-a-month” approach to raising funds and awareness for both local and national causes — marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month in style this October.
The initiative — which, last year, raised over $1,000 for the fight against breast cancer — saw students and staff members participating in “Pink Out” Fridays by dressing in pink, making posters, hosting bake sales and donating what they wished to the cause.
“The students and staff at Dyker want to make a difference in our community and help those in need,” said teacher Joseph Gianni. “From bake sales to selling t-shirts and bracelets, to wearing pink or making posters, everyone from students to staff and secretaries contributed to out-do what we raised the previous year.”
This year’s total, as of October 28, was $1,400.
All the money raised by Dyker will be going to the American Cancer Society. November, the school will gear up and raise money for the country’s vets.
“It’s the passion of our students and staff that separates us from everyone else,” added Principal Robert Ciulla, stressing that the fight against breast cancer hits home for a number of students and staff at Dyker. “The kids can’t wait to begin raising money for veterans in November.”