Rocky Point Middle School students and staff members joined the global fight against ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, when they helped to raise funds and awareness for the Long Island-based Ride for Life charity this spring.
The annual program, founded by
Miller Place native Chris Pendergast, is a 12-day wheelchair journey from
eastern Long Island to Manhattan. As part of the ride, organizers visit several
locations along the way to gain support for the mission.
As the students were empowered by the organization’s cause – Mr. Pendergast’s work to never give up and drive to become advocates for change – the entire middle school gathered in front of the building to cheer as Ride for Life passed through Rocky Point. Members of the National Junior Honor Society, Community Service Club and middle school cheerleading squad led the school’s charge to fight ALS by creating signs and helping to raise more than $500.
Photo provided by the Rocky Point School District