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A Boulder Idea for Cystic Fibrosis
Many schools have â€œspirit rocksâ€ on their campuses, but the rock at Waxhaw Elementary has special meaning. Two years ago, former Waxhaw art teacher, Judy Byrum, had the desire to secure a spirit rock for Waxhaw Elementary, which is actually a community service project for the school.
Each year parents have the opportunity to purchase slots of time to paint the rock in honor of their childâ€™s birthday. The proceeds from this are given directly to the Charlotte office of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Why the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation? The current principal, Mrs. Cheryl Lawrence, and a former assistant principal, Dr. Jay Jones both have daughters with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes chronic lung infections while also affecting the body in other ways as well. There is currently no cure for the disease, however there are many drugs in various stages of research that will hopefully mean a cure for those with cystic fibrosis.
This community service endeavor further supports another Waxhaw family. Students Emma and Eli Robinette lost their sister Alexis to cystic fibrosis a few years ago. Recently, their mother Gail was painting the rock in honor of Emmaâ€™s 9th birthday. Emma was very excited about having her name on the rock and its link to supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
â€œI like the rock, itâ€™s fun,â€ said Emma. â€œI think it is good that the money is going to help people.â€
The painting of the spirit rock has generated over $400 this year to be donated to CFF.
Written by: Cindy Earley, Computer Lab Instructor & LLI Coordinator
Posted: Oct 03, 2011 by Kimberly Thomas