MT. VERNON — Each year, more than four million people in over 20 countries raise funds and awareness to save lives from cancer through the Relay for Life movement, according to their website.
The staff, both at the Mt. Vernon Primary Center and the J.L Buford Intermediate Center, have also joined in this campaign. They collaborated together by raising money with a unique fundraiser.
Team Pink began their efforts on Oct. 18. There was a special day scheduled at both schools called Levi and Denim Day.
This was a day for the staff to come to work and display their support for fighting breast cancer by wearing Levis or something denim.
In addition to the Levi and Denim Day, Kevin McGreer, the resource teacher at the Primary Center, had an idea of having shirts made that could be purchased for $12.
This revenue would be added to the $5 donations on Levi and Denim Day. McGreer described the T-shirts as being pink with a ribbon on them and as having Team Pink printed on them.
"This showed our uniform efforts. That we are a team that is supporting the fight against cancer," said McGreer.
On the day the staff members wore their pink shirts, an unexpected learning experience happened. Students became curious and interested in the cause.
"This gave me an opportunity to explain to them what was going on. It was a real powerful teaching moment," said McGreer.
Team Pink had made an even bigger impact than originally planned. Not only was it a fight against cancer but it became a way to reach out to the students and make them aware of the cause.
On Monday afternoon at the Primary Center, McGreer met with Jerilee Hopkins and Ashley Withrow, both co-chairs of the Jefferson County Relay for Life.
McGreer presented the ladies with the money that was raised by the staff at both elementary schools. The grand total amount raised was $400.
Hopkins, a member of the Mt. Vernon City Council, is a proud supporter of the cause as well as a breast cancer survivor. She explained how pleased she was with all the support shown through this campaign.
"Seeing people pulling together as a team just shows what can be accomplished if we work together," said Hopkins.
For more information on how to get involved, call the American Cancer Society’s hotline at 1-800-227-2345.