Students at School 7 in Dunkirk outdid themselves this year!
The students worked hard to raise $4,985.31 to help the children of St. Jude's Child-ren's Research Hospital. The children worked math problems, asked relatives to sponsor them, brought in loose change, paid admission to Zumba, took a chance on shooting a basketball through a hoop, and wore silly hats to help other children with their battle against childhood cancer.
Their efforts were worth it, because they raised more money than any other year.
OBSERVER Photo by Amy Vercant
Pictured front row, left to right are: Issiah Ruiz, Jared Sek, Ashleigh Nicosia, Gabbriella Wicks, Meghan Lancaster, Hannah Rosing, Robert Kozlowski, Liam Dloniak, Brooke Szymczak and Landon Thomas. Back row left to right: Kearstin Witkowski, Talan Pierce, Brady Keppel, Keiliany Diaz, Elizabeth Dloniak, Mia Mancuso, Aleah Dloniak-Kucmierz, Thomas Shaffer, Rogan Pencek, Rylin Pencek and Molly Kelley.
OBSERVER Photo by Amy Vercant
Pictured front row, left to right are: Makayla Shaffer, Mackenzie George, Jayne Gavin, Natalie Kelley, Nate Gavin, Leionna Thomas, Jocelyn Bowers, Ashton Witkowski and Emma Yacklon. Back row left to right: Cierra Wallace, Manaya Jessie, Ashley Gotowka, Ariana Rosario, Nick Thompson, Jeremiah Ruiz, Zachary Taber, Michelle Sek, Kyler Laskey and Kaylee Pavlovitch. Missing from photo are Haylie Maines and Jamil Shelton.
All of the children worked hard to raise money for St. Jude's, but some went above and beyond to raise funds for this cause. The following children raised more than $100 each - Brayden Keppel ($130), Meghan Lancaster ($250), Cierra Wallace ($160), Zackary Taber ($150), Makenzie George ($250) and Nicholas Thompson ($780).
School 7 now has a plaque that hangs by the office that lists all of the top fundraisers for each year for St. Jude's. Nicholas made getting his name on that plaque his yearlong mission. He began the year with a bracelet making campaign which netted him $147. Then he asked his mother, Shannon Thompson if she would take his envelope to work to collect sponsors for St. Jude's. She agreed and her coworkers generously pledged $164. Then her boss, David Basil matched the donations from his employees.
Finally, Nick asked family and friends to donate, and he gave $20 of his own money toward the children of St. Jude's. We were proud to add Nicholas Thompson to the plaque for Top Fundraiser for St. Jude's.
The Math-A-Thon was dedicated to two people this year. In the past, Math-A-Thon has been dedicated to teachers or parents of a teacher who were struggling with cancer. This year is no different. School 7's own, Jill Krzyzanowicz says this about her battle: "I am very honored that my School 7 family has decided to do the Math-A-Thon in my honor this year. Cancer is a very common word unfortunately. I think it is important for our students to understand what it is and what we can do to help. We simply never know when a devastating illness may affect us or the ones we love. I have been a proud supporter of St. Jude's Hospital for many years. I am grateful for the work they do and the treatment they provide to young patients with cancer."
The school is also honoring Mrs. Murphy's father, John Weibel, who passed away from lung cancer in October of this past year. Mrs. Murphy has been in charge of the Math-A-Thon since 2004, and this year it held new meaning to her. "Cancer hits all of us and whatever we can do to help fight it, we must do."
Finally, the school would like to thank all who helped make this event such a success: Michelle Muscarella, Kara McAfee, Carolyn Crangle, Amy Adams, Susan Chaffee and Sheri Blahowitz.