Academy Street Elementary Students Collect Spare Change To Benefit Stony Brook Long Island's Children's Hospital
Six School Districts Scheduled for Collection Events This Month
STONY BROOK, N.Y., October 21, 2010 – Students at Academy Street Elementary School in Bayport were one of the first schools to present spare change collected as part of a Suffolk County-wide initiative called “Change for Children” benefitting the newly announced Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital. Hundreds of kindergarten through 5th grade students returned their coin collection boxes at the first official Change for Children Campaign collection event, which was matched by Peter Ferentinos, a member of the Stony Brook University Medical Center Development Council, who attended the presentation, pledged to match the amount (the total of which is not yet available).
Through a partnership with the Suffolk County Schools Superintendents Association, Stony Brook Children’s and the Children’s Hospital Task Force are distributing spare change collection boxes to each elementary school in Suffolk County during the 2010-11 academic year (special fundraising events and/or drives for middle school and high school students will be coordinated upon request).
In April, $3,912 was raised by St. James Elementary School students in Smithtown and matched by an anonymous donor bringing the total to $7,824. Six school districts are scheduled for collection events this month.
Chaired by John Tsunis, Chairman of the Board of Gold Coast Bank, and comprised of 33 community members and professionals who have enlisted as volunteers, the Children’s Hospital Task Force was formed in October 2009 to raise funds and awareness around the mission of Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. Two members, Janine DeSimone and Theodora Pellicane, are co-chairpersons for the Change for Children Campaign.
“All of these people specifically stepped forward to support the Change for Children Campaign,” said Danielle Holton, Senior Director of Development in the Office of Advancement at Stony Brook University Medical Center. “We want to thank every family, every child who has contributed and who will contribute. This community has a great need, and deserves the very best.”
Over the course of the next year Children’s Hospital’s goal is 100% participation from each Suffolk County school district. There are more than a quarter of a million students attending schools in Suffolk County's 71 public school districts.