Thousands of local students participated in an array of activities in October to raise funds and support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In Southampton, the high school combined sports and charity by having different athletic teams — volleyball, field hockey, soccer and football — host a game each week with donations and concession sales benefiting Southampton Hospital’s breast cancer programs.
The school also encouraged staffers to wear pink and pay $5 to wear jeans on Wednesdays.
“Every little bit counts,” Southampton High School athletic director Darren Phillips said. “When these things hit home like breast cancer does, I think the kids and staff really rally.”
In Miller Place and Oyster Bay, the high schools’ girls volleyball teams were among those to hold “Dig Pink” games to benefit the Side-Out Foundation. Oyster Bay, for example, hosted its match against Carle Place and also held a bake sale and 50/50 raffle and sold $1 “ribbons for the cure,” school officials said.
In Patchogue, South Ocean Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society collected $1 during lunch periods to raise money for breast cancer research. Donors were permitted to wear hats to school on their “Wear Pink Day” on Oct. 19.
In Lynbrook, the high school raised about $3,000 during three soccer games to benefit the Male Breast Cancer Coalition, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Fly a Kite Foundation.
“It’s important to remind kids it’s not always about wins and losses,” Lynbrook coach Josh Berlin said of the event. “There’s a bigger world out there they need to be a part of.”
Danielle Flaumenhaft is the new principal of Connetquot Elementary School and Deborah Smith is the new leader of John F. Kennedy Elementary School.
Flaumenhaft took the Connetquot post that Smith had held. Smith moved to John F. Kennedy to replace Aileen O’Rourke, who now is the district’s director of special education and pupil personnel services for K-5 and reading K-12.
Flaumenhaft most recently was assistant principal of Setauket Elementary School. Before that, she was an assistant principal in Selden and an acting assistant principal in the South Country school district.
“In the short time I’ve been here, I have been impressed with how caring and kind everyone is at Connetquot,” she said.
New Albany Avenue principal
Marcy Miller is the principal of Albany Avenue Elementary School, replacing Leonard DiBiase, who now is the district’s coordinator of practical arts.
Miller, who most recently served as an assistant principal at Lindenhurst Middle School, also has been a dean of discipline and a reading specialist in the district dating back to 2002. Her other previous positions include teaching sixth grade at P.S. 232 in Howard Beach, Queens, and owning and operating Above & Beyond Tutoring in Merrick.
“Albany Avenue is such a special school and I am honored to officially become part of its fabric,” she said. “It is going to be another positive and productive year at Albany Avenue, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”
Jeffrey Ryvicker is superintendent of the Quogue school district. He replaced Richard Benson, who retired.
Ryvicker most recently was assistant principal at Elizabeth Mellick Baker Elementary School in Great Neck. Before that, he taught the third and fifth grades in the Smithtown school district.
“It is a privilege to serve a community such as Quogue that is committed to providing unparalleled opportunities and support to promote the social, emotional and academic growth of our students,” he said.