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Eastchester High School Student Runs a Half Marathon to Help Others

Thomas Pequegnot wanted to give back to his school community and he accomplished that goal when he donated $1,500 to SEPTA, the Special Education Parent Teacher Association of the Eastchester Union Free School District.

The Eastchester High School junior said he didn’t want to simply accept donations. He decided to run a half marathon, 53 ½ laps around the EHS track.

“Running makes it a personal connection,” said Thomas. “I wanted to do something challenging. I feel proud that I ran so much and I know SEPTA will use the donation well.” Thomas surpassed his goal of $1,000.

He didn’t think twice about reaching out to SEPTA. His brother benefited from the services at the EUFSD and  Thomas is grateful to the faculty and staff.

“The District has made a (positive) impact and I would like to see more families experience what my brother has, and for families to have less stress,” noted Thomas.

SEPTA sponsors many programs including music therapy in the self-contained classes at the elementary schools and in Eastchester Middle School. This program continues, even during the pandemic. Music Specialist Lisa Sandagata, from the Music Conservatory of Westchester, meets virtually with students on Wednesdays.  SEPTA also funds The Canine Integration Therapy Program that is currently on hold due to COVID-19.

“We appreciate Thomas’s donation and for assisting SEPTA and its mission to support programs, students and families in Eastchester,” said SEPTA Co-President Jennifer Inglis. “COVID-19 has created challenges for fundraising opportunities and Thomas’ generosity will fill a need. He is a role model to others.” 

The Eastchester Eagles Sports Club also set up a Go-Fund-Me Page when its members learned about the half marathon.

Thank you to all who donated.