Rain from a slate sky lashed the windows outside Southampton High School art teacher Gail Altomare’s classroom last week, but inside, students huddled over kites they had painted with flowers, butterflies and peace signs. On Memorial Day weekend, their artwork will soar through the skies for the “Kites for a Cure” lung cancer research benefit kite fly.
The fifth annual event, set for Saturday, May 28, at Coopers Beach in Southampton Village, will blend student artwork into the fundraiser as never before.
It will also feature kites designed by students from Hampton Bays Middle School and East Hampton High School.
“We’re expecting another great turnout,” said Nancy Hassel, a North Sea resident who got involved with the event as a tribute to her father, James Hassel, who died of lung cancer at age 52, when she was only 22. She added that the simple activity brings out a touch of nostalgia for many.
“It brings out the child in all of us,” she said, noting how many adults attend to help their children get their kites in the air, but then often end up showing even more enthusiasm for the activity than the children.
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