Students in the Massapequa School District made themselves and the community healthier this month as they raised money for the YES Community Counseling Center.
The School's Physical Education Department created the first annual "Steps For YES."
Elementary school students took to our "marathon course" set up by the Phys. Ed. teachers while asking for pledges from the community.
The program, which the school district hopes will become an anual event, raised a total of $5,625.
The students in each school who raised the most money were honored at Saturday's homecoming game.
Birch Lane was the top fundraising school, earning $2007 for YES, with Kindergarten student Emma Parkes, 4th grader Julianna Cardello, and 6th grader Kevin Pimental, leading fundraising.
Unqua Elementary School raised $1,000, with top fundraisers Roseanne Morreale, Mark Barbarello and Emily Fick.
East Lake Elementary School, took in $885 with 1st grader Abagail Knights and 4th grader Thomas Pomarico topping fundraising.
Fairfield raised $715, with Kindergartener Frankie Romano, 1st grader Christos Georgiou, 4th grader Grace Schafer and 6th grader Paul Oddo leading in fundraising.
And McKenna took in $620 with Kindergartener Zach Kim, 1st grader Gabriella D'Orlando, and 5th graders Danielle Pearson and Jacqueline Spinelli raising the most funds.
TD Bank sponsored the event and also donated $1,000 to YES. The top fundraising students also received gift cards.
“This is an extraordinary event that speaks to the wonderful partnership Massapequa Schools has with YES," said YES director Jamie Bogenshutz.