Photo caption: Riverhead Central School District students are participating in cancer awareness projects during the month of October.

To recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month physical education teacher Cheresa Hickson of Aquebogue Elementary School has launched two special projects for students and faculty.

The first project involves elementary students from across Riverhead Central School District attempting to complete 50,000 burpees. Students from in-person and virtual classes are being challenged to complete as many burpees as they can in a given amount of time — time is dependent on age. The students log the amount of burpees they have completed and the total is displayed on a thermometer chart at Aquebogue Elementary School.

“The purpose is to bring awareness, through exercise, of how important it is to fight [cancer],” said Hinckson. “Each burpee will show the strength of our students while representing those that are suffering from this disease.” 

The elementary school students and staff are also participating in a dedication ribbon project throughout the month. Students receive a lavender paper ribbon — representing all cancers — that they can decorate and inscribe with the names of anyone they know who has been affected by cancer. Once the ribbon is completed it is displayed in the elementary school’s main hallway.

Source: Riverhead Central School District press release

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