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Maspeth High School students, teachers team up to raise money for breast cancer research

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Photo courtesy of Jesse Pachter.

Students and staff members from Maspeth High School came together to host and participate in multiple events over the last two weeks in order to raise funds to help combat breast cancer. As part of recognizing National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, students and staff participated in a walk at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and organized a school volleyball match.

More than 50 students and staff members took part in the walk at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Through this, they were able to raise more than $850 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

students
Photo courtesy of Jesse Pachter
students
Photo courtesy of Jesse Pachter

The school volleyball match ended up raising more than $600 for Shareing and Careing, a nonprofit organization that works to provide support and education for breast cancer.

Maspeth High School has held annual events with the organization for five years now, including a presentation to all of the school’s students on breast cancer and what they do to help those suffering from it.

According to Maspeth High School Assistant Principal Jesse Pachter, the physical education/health department played a big part in helping to organize and run these events. Among this group were Shawn Baumann, Anastasia Bitis, Dalia Avivi, Victoria Vagnone and Kresimir Mustac. He credits them with ensuring these events were successful.

“After COVID, we were really trying to remake that community feel,” Pachter said. “We were eager to get back to some sense of normalcy. We lost a sense of community when the pandemic forced us into remote learning. It’s these kind of events that help give back to the community. Nothing can replace in-person connections. These are the events that create lifelong memories.”

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