Beta Alpha Psi Helping Students and Teachers Get Back to the Classroom

Students have pitched in to raise money for school supplies as classrooms fill up this fall.

Beta Alpha Psi students in front of donated school supplies.At the dawn of the 2021-22 school year, students in the Manhattan College Lambda Pi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for financial information students, came together to raise money for teachers and students in two Bronx elementary schools.

The students “adopted” a second grade special education class at P.S. 157, taught by Rosemary Burti ’15. As part of the supply drive, the group raised more than $2,000 in supplies and cash for P.S. 157, thanks to the generosity of faculty, alumni, students, and friends and family. The group was also able to donate an additional $500 to I.S. 254X, another Title 1 school in the Fordham section of the Bronx. 

“Beta Alpha Psi believes in stewardship and that we have the opportunity to make the world a better place by starting small in our community,” said Samantha Russo ’22. “We felt that it was important to make sure every child was prepared for this new adventure of an academic year, as most of them would be going to school for the very first time.”

As a result of the students’ efforts, I.S. 254X also received an additional $1,000 gift card to First Book at the 2021 Beta Alpha Psi Annual Conference. This award was sponsored by KPMG.

By Pete McHugh