Dogs wag-a-lot to raise funds for PMHS science research program


Saturday morning, the first annual dog wag-a-thon was held on Esplanade to raise funds for the science research program at Pelham Memorial High School. It was also a community event to introduce science research and get some people involved.

The funds raised are going to be mostly used for printing posters for the symposia and funding research databases. On top of that, the money will be used toward connections for internships, promotion of team building activities and goodie bags with science research swag. The wag-a-thon was planned by parent Julie Fair and science research teachers Steven Beltecas and Joseph Dibello.

“I have done fundraising for years and they needed a unique science research event,” Fair said. “I got the idea of doing a wag-a-thon because we did one in my Southern California hometown. It’s a community event. That’s why I did it.”

The idea first started to come together in the summer of 2019. But it was difficult to get the word out this year because of Covid-19. “Normally we would use back-to-school and open houses to tell people,” Fair said. “Since (those were) virtual this year, we posted on Facebook and talked to people in town.”

The science research program is still receiving donations here.