About one in eight women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer. News 25’s Kristen Anzuini tells us what local elementary school students have been doing to help those affected.
“We will rock it!!!”
And rock it they did! The students at Bel-Aire Elementary school in Harrison County raised $2,255 for the American Cancer Society over the past few months.
“It’s an amazing feeling because it is important that our children learn at an early age that it is important to give back that it’s not just about them, it’s about the people in their lives and the people they don’t know and they should be caring individuals ,” said Assistant Principal Ida West.
This is the third year the school has raised money for cancer, totaling around $7,000.
Kathy Stringer, a first grade teacher says, “The kids need to know that they can do something to help. It teaches them generosity; it teaches them how to do something for others.”
To celebrate the money raised, there was a huge assembly.
First grade student, Sophia Kinchen says, “We had a pink out pep rally that was very fun and I really liked all of the songs, and I really loved the cheerleaders.”
“Kiss the pig!”
Because this assembly was held on Valentine’s Day, of course, there was a little bit of kissing going on!
“Well at the beginning of this campaign my principal actually gave me the idea, how about for an incentive this year, each year we have a different incentive, so it was her idea, she said how about if I kiss a pig! And I went what?! You are willing to kiss a pig?? She said I don’t want to kiss it but I will!” said Stringer.
The school plans to continue this tradition for many years to come…
In Harrison County, Kristen Anzuini, News 25.