Greenpoint Gazette
Zach Paull

Community Service Leader MS 577 Gives Breezy Point a Hand

BY Jeff Mann

The teachers and students of Middle School 577 were at it again last week. The A rated North 5th Street school expanded upon its already impressive repertoire of community service activities by raising money for Sandy victims in Breezy Point at a flea market last Sunday. The event did so well, in fact, that the seventh and eighth grades even managed to collect money to help finance their schools trips.

The perfect weather, activities such as bouncy castles and face painting as well as a DJ and fantastic bargains, gave the flea market a festive feeling for those who came out to support the school.

This wasn’t the first time the school helped support Breezy Point. Earlier this year, MS 577 parent Melanie Sawyer met Theresa Flanigan, the event coordinator for the Breezy Point Cooperative, while delivering donated kids’ supplies to a Breezy distribution center. Since then, she has supported the devastated community, in which more than six months after the superstorm, fewer than 15% of homes are occupied.

Principal Maria Masullo and her staff will continue teaching the students to be socially aware and to maintain a sense of community when they host another flea market / fundraiser on June 2nd.

Anyone who wants to make a tax free contribution to the Breezy Point victims, can send checks, payable to Breezy Point Cooperative Disaster Relief Fund, to c/o Lee & Kane, 2175 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234 or online at


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