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Letter: Appreciating Eastchester Relay For Life Volunteers

An Eastchester parent expressed her appreciation for volunteers at Relay for Life.
An Eastchester parent expressed her appreciation for volunteers at Relay for Life. Photo Credit:

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Dear all,

I am very proud of the faculty and students of Eastchester High School and Middle School who came together last weekend to Relay for Life in the fight against cancer.

The time given in preparation, along with their physical and emotional participation is to be commended. Our teachers and students were on the planning committee, giving many hours for months in advance in preparation for the Relay for Life. They made us proud during the event, always displaying respect for one another and all others, while they celebrated, remembered and fought back against cancer.

Besides the nine teams led by Lina Astarita, Ellen Eldred, Ed Crespo, Heather Palmieri, Gail Zimbardo, Josephine Logan, Adam Chertok and Andrew Weiss (I hope I didn’t miss anyone), under the direction of Donald Olsen, the Eastchester High School Jazz Band gave a beautiful performance. An EHS rock band called Sound Check also played for the event.

Two Eastchester High School alumni participated in the Luminaria Ceremony. After the performances, the students thanked us for letting them be a part of the event, before we had a chance to express our thanks to them.

Our faculty and students have participated each year since Relay came to town five years ago. They have raised tens of thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society. More importantly, they have gained a sense of community with students from Tuckahoe, Harrison and others, as well as finding a place among the community organizations that participate in the event.

Many of these are the people and groups who provide scholarships to our students each year.The students have shown the community that they are preparing to become tomorrow's leaders. Thank you for the support you have given them in allowing participation in this event.

All the best,

Rita Mastroberardino

Relay for Life of Eastchester Committee member

EHS Parent

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