Throughout the month of November, 40 staff members from North Babylon High School and Robert Moses Middle School helped raise money and awareness for prostate cancer by participating in the annual Movember charity drive.
Organized by high school teachers Michael Goetz and Victor Manzella as well as Richard Del Gaudio, the district’s mathematics curriculum associate, each participant donated $10 to become involved in the monthlong mustache-growing event while also gathering donations from friends and family members.
“Last year a few of us participated individually in Movember, but we decided this year to come together as a large group and raise funds for a good cause,” Manzella said.
According to the U.S. Movember website, the charity encourages men to get involved in their health and aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, ultimately reducing the number of preventable deaths.
Noticing the new facial hair on their teachers’ faces, the students at NBHS and RMMS were excited to get in on the action and learn about the cause. To include the students in its fundraising efforts, each school sold fake mustaches on Nov. 27. In total, the Mo-Bros and Mo-Sistas collected more than $900 for the cause, which was donated in the name of North Babylon High School teacher Diana Simulcik, whose son battled and beat testicular cancer.
Info and photos courtesy of North Babylon Schools