The student council at Anna L. Klein School held a “Purple” Social Kids for kids in grades 2 to 5 on Friday, March 23, 2018. The event was designed to raise money for the Santana family’s medical needs.
Denisse Santana was an eighth-grade math teacher at the Klein school until her son Josiah was born two years ago with Poland-Moebius Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder. Denisse resigned to take care of her son full-time, and her former colleagues at the school subsequently rallied to the family’s aid with numerous fundraising activities to help defray medical and other expenses.
Fifth grade writing teacher Gloria D’Annunzio and eighth-grade achievement specialist Rosa Bamert helped organize the social, with contributions from Senior Services Coordinator Marisol Montanez, the town council, and others.
Mayor Wayne Zitt attended to lend his support to the cause, along with Councilman John Habermann, who spent considerable time on the dance floor with daughter Olivia.
Kids in grades 2 to 5 were invited. At $8 for one child + parent, tickets bought a tasty meal from Rosa’s Deli, along with an evening of music and dancing with a live DJ. A raffle table included a nifty tote bag filled with beach goodies for those who’d had enough of winter and were yearning for summer waves.