Raising Money, Awareness to Fight ALS

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Faculty and staff dressed in orange and black, held up their signs of support as they celebrated the arrival of the ALS Ride for Life team when they stopped at Memorial Grade School and Junior-Senior High School on May 17.

The 19th annual Ride for Life, led by Christopher Pendergast, occurs each May to celebrate National ALS Awareness Month. Beginning in Riverhead on May 9, Pendergast and his team spend 12 days traveling across Long Island and into Manhattan to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease. 

This annual event encourages students to take action in the face of adversity. At the Grade School, students raised money with a walkathon and “Put ALS to Sleep” pajama day. Together with the Junior-Senior High School, the district raised more than $1,000 to support families who are afflicted with this debilitating disease.