By Tom Momberg
A group of Bayside High School alumni and community members officially announced last week the creation of a nonprofit organization to unite current students, faculty and staff with alumni and the broader community.
“Friends of Bayside High School,” spearheaded by Chairman Gregg Sullivan and Vice Chairman David Solano, will first organize around plans for the high school’s official 80th Anniversary in March 2016 and the celebration to follow that May. “The purpose in working together is to try to provide essential funding and support the services and aims of students in the program, because, as you know, the school budgets are constantly being depleted,” Solano said.
Friends of Bayside High School’s mission will be to increase graduation rates and help students network to gain college admission, financial aid and employment after graduation.
To kick off the new association, Solano and Sullivan will plan events and fund-raisers like golf outings leading up to the high school’s anniversary to gain the support of businesses and alumni in the community. They plan to announce those scheduled events in the Community Board 11 newsletter.