Campagne Walk-a-Thon for 9/11

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On Friday, September 9, students and faculty at Charles Campagne Elementary School in the Bethpage Union Free School District participated in a walk-a-thon to aid the first responders affected by the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Donations were forwarded to The Fealgood Foundation, a non-profit organization that spreads awareness and educates the public about the catastrophic health effects afflicting 9/11 first responders, as well as providing assistance to relieve these heroes of the financial burdens placed on them over the last ten years.
 
The morning ceremony at Charles Campagne began outside of the school with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by select fourth and fifth graders. Principal Angelita Cintado addressed the crowd and stated, “We are gathered here today as a school family in memory of the victims and heroes who lost their lives on September 11th. Today, we commemorate the tenth anniversary of this tragic event.” All then shared a moment of silence. 
 
The ceremony concluded with everyone singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” “As we begin our walk to honor the memory of the 3,030 victims, the heroes, and all those affected by 9/11, we also want to remember all of the survivors, brave first responders, veterans, and all of the men and women who continue to serve and protect our country today,” continued Principal Cintado. 
 
The students and faculty walked 3,030 steps through the school and out into the schoolyard, and then silently made their way back into the school and back to their classrooms.