Students in all grade levels at South Woods Middle School took part in an annual walk-a-thon on Oct. 31 to raise money for the INN, which is dedicated to serving hungry and homeless Long Island residents.
Dressed in costumes for Halloween, approximately 760 students made their way around the track before school to fundraise a total of $4,353.50 for the charity. Prior to the walk, representatives from the INN visited sixth-graders to talk about their work and show students the data associated with hunger and homelessness in the area. Seventh- and eighth-graders were also shown short videos from the organization that highlighted their work.
The South Woods CARES committee selected to focus on local hunger and homelessness for their yearlong charitable efforts. South Woods CARES, which stands for compassion, awareness, respect, empathy and service, is part of the school’s everyday character education program.
The walk is only one of many activities that take place during the year to raise money and emphasize the pillars of CARES in a service-oriented setting.