Pinckney school raises money to help kids with cancer

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Navigator Upper Elementary School in Pinckney recently hosted its 8th annual Math-a-thon to raise money for children with cancer. All of nearly 600 fourth, fifth and sixth grade students attending Navigator had the opportunity to complete pages from Math-a-thon workbooks provided by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and learn about the life saving efforts that take place for sick children every day at the facility.

During the month-long program, administered by sixth grade teacher Angela Kanerva, students raised money by obtaining pledges for each page they completed in the workbook and by collecting outright donations. Students were motivated to work hard and excited to raise money to benefit sick children they learned about through a series of videos from St. Jude.

“The kids learn to feel empathy for other students when they hear about what their lives are like battling cancer,” said Kanerva. “They really want to help these kids and, because of that, this year’s program was a great success!”

Kanerva learned and shared with Navigator students that St. Jude will use the $1,743 raised this year to purchase fun wagons for children to ride in instead of wheelchairs, and to provide airline tickets for parents and their sick children who need to go to St. Jude for treatment.

“Our eight year total of donations to St. Jude is $19,953.81,” said Kanerva. “We are so thankful for our community and all of the wonderful families who help by supporting this program that teaches kids about helping those who are less fortunate, and supports a great cause at the same time.”

PHOTO, left to right, first row: Corbin Gibson, Alexa Butler, Kyla Sullivan, Emma Byrne, Natalie Holmberg, Katie Tayon; second row: Ella Reynolds, Ben Ratliff, Julia McGee, Ava Mueller, Alexie Hawker.

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