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A "Hairy" Fifth Grade Fundraiser Helps a Local Family
Mrs. McKinney's fifth grade class spearheaded a fundraiser in November that gave not just help but hope to a local family who has been hit hard by cancer. She writes below of her class's desire to help and how they made it happen:
My dear friend, Ally Henson, was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in September. It is stage four and chronic, the doctor's prognosis is not good. She is 34 years old, has four children- - (fifth grade-2 years old). I spoke to my students about my dear friend because I took a day off to clean her home, and they were very interested in helping her. They had the idea to raise money for her family, the fundraiser was to raise $1,000.00 and if we raised the money in the two week period I would cut all of my hair off and donate it to Locks of Love.
Well......not only did my students raise $511.00 the first week by going door to door in their neighborhoods, setting up lemonade stands, sale bracelets and duck tape bags, etc., but the entire school found out by word of mouth and took over and donated $1325.00!
I am overwhelmed by the love and kindness that Antioch showed my dear friend, one that they have never met. This school has no idea the impact they had on Ally's family and on me.
I not only cut all of my hair off (10 and half inches) but Mr. McGee shaved his head as well. Thank you for your support. So far, the Union County area has donated $32,000.00 for Ally's family. Wow!
Written by: Mrs. Tiffany McKinney, Fifth Grade Teacher
Posted: Dec 09, 2013 by Kimberly Kovach