Not even Mother Nature could deter the Central High School District from once again hosting their One Voice, One Message 5K Run/Walk on March 24.
Organized by Dr. Joseph Netto, the school psychologist at the Meadowbrook Alternative Program, and Robyn Einbinder, a social studies chairperson at Wellington C. Mepham High School, the event is in its fourth year.
“None of this could have been done without our Deputy Superintendent for Personnel, Dr. Mara Bollettieri, whose passion and dedication to the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District have helped make this wonderful event a reality and who continues to provide countless opportunities for our students,” Dr. Netto said to the crowd ahead of the start of the race.
All proceeds will support GiveKindness, which is a social media platform founded by Mepham High School alumnae Nicole Madison and Larisa Madison that promotes kindness, positivity and respect in hopes of combating the effects of cyberbullying.
In addition, funds will also go toward the district's Community Cupboard, a food pantry that currently assists more than 40 families.
“We can all make a difference,” said Legislator Steve Rhoads. “When you’re talking about GiveKindess or the Community Cupboard, these are all things that have been sponsored by students themselves or alumni from the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District. The important message is that each and every one of us have an obligation to make our corner of the world a little bit better.”
Overall winners were Mepham High School student Brendan Moehringer for the men and Theresa Ferraro for the women.
Several local vendors and businesses donated goods and services for the event: Panera Bread of Bellmore, Merrick Road Starbucks, Dover Caterers, Bellmore Town Bagel, Bagel Boss of Merrick, Bellmore Bagel Café, Trader Joe’s, Stop ‘N Shop, North Shore Farms, E. Armada Produce and Guardian Bus Company. Additionally, the Nassau County Police Department and the Town of Hempstead secured the route.