With relatives and friends that have passed away because of breast cancer, Carroll County Intermediate School freshmen Kaylee Smith and Alyssa Snow knew in their hearts they had to do something. With the blessing of their home economics teacher and Principal Marc Quesenberry, the two girls spearheaded a fundraiser that ended up collecting $505 for breast cancer awareness.
“It’s a great example of what wonderful students we have in Carroll County. Our community should be very proud of the students we have,” Quesenberry said. “They will come up with these ideas on their own and it shows what a caring and supporting community we have and live in.”
Smith said her aunt, Brenda East, died of breast cancer a couple of years ago. Snow said she’s known many people who’ve had breast cancer, some have survived and some haven’t. With that in mind, the two decided to do a fundraiser in October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“We had competition between homerooms of each class to see who could raise the most money. We also had jars in the cafeteria and the teacher who raised the most money earned the prize of a pie in the face,” Smith said. “We put posters up throughout the school to let everyone know about it. Our goal was $500.”
Andrews said the students did such a great job with the fundraiser, it will continue on as an annual event. He said he was pleased to see the entire school get behind the girls and their cause.
“The faculty members were real excited about it and some would choose who they wanted to get the pie in the face, so they would give money to that person. The winning homeroom, we will make them cupcakes and serve them to their class,” Andrews said. “The girls came up with the idea and they came to me. I told them we had to ask Mr. Quesenberry. He said that was fine as long as we got a sponsor for it, so the home ec department sponsored this event.”
Quesenberry said the main purpose behind having a sponsorship was to make sure adults were helping with the event. But when everything was all said and done, he said the kids took the bull by the horns and did a fantastic job.
“We always want an adult to be part of it for the kids and any help they can give them, but this was all about the kids, our students doing something good for the community and breast cancer awareness,” Quesenberry said. “And they met their goal in a short period of time. They didn’t have a lot of time to work with but were able to put it together quick and everybody in the school pitched in.”