More than $1,000 was raised through the sale of strips of Duct Tape at a recent fundraiser held at the Academy at Bixhorn Tech to benefit the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.
Students purchased strips of tape to adhere both the principal and assistant principal to the wall. The goal was to use so much tape that each person would be safely suspended when the step stool they were standing upon was removed from under them. This could only be achieved if a majority of the student body came out to support the initiative since numerous strips needed to be used. Participation for the fundraiser exceeded expectations when hundreds of students turned out to purchase the tape for $2 a strip.
Olivia Franzone, Hauppauge UFSD, a senior in the Animal Science Program, launched the fundraiser, because she has had personal experience regarding suicide. “It’s important to me that people are more aware of the idea of suicide prevention so that other people suffering from mental illness or depression get noticed.”
The Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, referred to as the Academy, is the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES and has locations in Bellport, Oakdale, and Riverhead. Bixhorn Tech is located on the Bellport campus.