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"Mrs. Johnson's Fighters" Support American Cancer Society
Four students at Shiloh Elementary After School Program decided to support cancer research in an individual, creative way by opening a business and honoring Vickie Johnson, Shiloh ASP coordinator. For the past four years, Johnson and the Shiloh Elementary community have hosted “Kids On the Track for a Cure” and have raised several thousand dollars each year for the American Cancer Society. Johnson is a three-time cancer survivor, and all the children in the program realize how important cancer research is.
Lindsey Avant, Adrianna Delgado, Elexa Ocampo, and Vanessa Saiz learned how to make rainbow loom bracelets which are small, colorful rubber bands woven into intricate patterns. After making more bracelets than they could personally use, they decided that they would start a business to raise money for the American Cancer Society and call it Mrs. Johnson’s Fighters. The girls’ parents “subsidized” the business by purchasing the supplies, and the girls continued to spend hours during After School and at home making the bracelets.
With a supply of bracelets in hand, they sold the bracelets to family and friends, people at sporting events, neighbors, everyone they knew. Through their hard work and ingenuity, the girls raised over $138.00 for the American Cancer Society. According to Johnson, “I am so proud of them! Not only did they name their business after me, they contributed their proceeds to a wonderful cause!”
The business world should be prepared for these four girls—they had an idea, developed and created the product, marketed it and made a profit! Then, through community outreach, they donated their profits to a very worthy cause. Every business should strive for results like these—great effort girls!
Written by: Karen Smith - Administrative Assistant
Posted: Apr 15, 2015 by Karen Smith