Daily Point of Light # 3052 Oct 17, 2005

The volunteer-interact center at Sachem East High School is deeply involved in the community. Just this past fall, Sachem students participated in the Walk for Beauty in an effort to help fight breast cancer. During the winter months, they put together Blizzard Bags in memory of Katie Ann Fuller, who was a Sachem student killed in a car accident last January. The purpose of the blizzard bags is to help out the senior citizens in our community by making food readily available for them in case of inclement weather. Sachem also has made strong connections with the elderly. Aside from delivering blizzard bags, many volunteers from Sachem East rake lawns for those who are unable to.

Many activities of the volunteer-interact club must be ongoing such as scholarship fundraisers in which students plan and participate in activities to raise money for scholarships. Some recent examples of the fundraisers are bowling for Katie Fuller and Mini Golf to Support Matthew Perfetti scholarship. When a new student comes to Sachem East, a member of the club escorts the new student around the school so that they become familiar with their new atmosphere. Other activities include the prom gown boutique (students bring in old dresses from past events and they’re donated to make new prom gowns for those who cannot afford it), and involvement in helping the friends of Ryan (Ryan is a Sachem East student with a rare form of Ewing’s Sarcoma). Students also have hosted a gourmet omelet day, and Ryan Schakne night in which the Boys Varsity Basketball team played a game in honor of Ryan and raffle tickets were sold.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead