Mepham Classes Battle for Charity

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On Nov. 8, the students and faculty of Mepham High School in the Bellmore-Merrick Central School District came together for the 8th Battle of the Classes: Battle for a Cause to raise money for the Senior Service Learning Project's partnership with Boots on the Ground NY. 

More than 700 students participated in the event held in the gym at the Brookside School. Leading up to the event, students participated in a series of fundraising efforts including, a Penny Wars competition, generating over $1,100, American Pride Day and Class Color Day. 

“The night of the event, the students competed against each other and the faculty team in a variety of relay races, the famous ‘Pirate Relay’ and a dance competition,” said social studies teacher and organizer Kerry Dennis. 

The night's emcee was special education teacher, Anthony Augugliaro and the festivities were covered live by the Bellmore-Merrick Broadcasting Program.  
The Class of 2018 dominated the pre-events and the night's relays, earning the title of champions. 

“The spirit and enthusiasm in the gym that night represent the incredible school spirit possessed by the Mepham community as well as the continued desire to give back to charitable organizations like Boots on the Ground NY,” said social studies teacher and organizer Chris Patten.

Combined with their efforts for the Flag Field of Honor, currently on display at Mepham, the students in Participation in Government, under the direction of Patten and Dennis, have raised more than $10,000 for Boots on the Ground NY.