Applebee’s partners with Astoria school for fundraiser
by Lydia Stetson
May 14, 2014 | 1581 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Applebee’s Restaurant on 35th Avenue in Astoria is working with nearby Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE), located a couple blocks down the street, for an upcoming Flapjack Fundraiser.

The fundraiser is on Saturday, May 17, from 8 to 10 a.m., before Applebee’s opens their doors.

The BSGE student group Junior Council is organizing the event with the help of the school’s parent coordinator, Margaret Pasach.

The council plans to raise money to lower their upcoming senior dues, which includes prom, graduation and an upcoming senior trip.

The conjoined middle and high school is public, with students coming from families of various economic and social classes across Queens. Often times, prices for these senior dues are quite high, preventing some students from being able to participate.

“Fundraising is really important in BSGE, especially in the junior and senior classes,” said Joleyne Herrera, a member of the Junior Council. “Most high schools have to pay around $150 to $200 for a prom ticket, but most of our graduating classes pay only $100 or less.”

The U.S News ranked BSGE as the top-ranked high school in New York State in 2012. With its small class sizes and intense International Baccalaureate program, students often enroll in test prep courses for a better shot at approval.

“Our Flapjack Fundraiser is not only a great opportunity to support an important cause, but also a chance to interact with BSGE students,” said Steven Becker, another Junior Council member. “The Junior Council is really excited about it, and I think others are too.”

Junior Council members welcome any parents or students interested in applying to BSGE who want to learn more about the school, IB program, student life and the application process to attend the breakfast. Tickets are $10, which covers a plate of pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice.

Tickets may be purchased through the school’s coordinator Margaret Pasach at (718) 361-5275 x1131 or

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