The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

June 14, 2013

BOCES raises money, awareness for cancer society

STAFF REPORTS
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — The Orleans Career and Technical Education Center SkillsUSA senior officers chose the American Cancer Society for their community service project for the year. The charity was picked because so many of the students had friends or family members who have or are being affected by the disease. 

The students did some research on their website and they decided “Fight the Fight” would be a good slogan to use to get the student body involved. They set their goal at $500 and came up with a variety of ways to raise money. 

Their first fundraiser involved making “boxing glove” cutouts that the students could purchase for a dollar and dedicate to someone who is affected by cancer. They had a spare change contest between all the programs at the center and pizza sales.

SkillsUSA advisor Kara Kirk said a lot of the programs pitched in to help out as well. “The Cosmetology programs donated a portion of their salon clinic proceeds, the Human Services class sold specialty items at their bake sale to raise money,” she said. “Many students made flyers and posters to advertise the fundraiser as well.”

Kirk added, “We also had one of our c

osmetology students, Ciara Jacobs, solicit the help of her father, Gerald Jacobs, who owns Village Pizza in Middleport. He was generous enough to supply us with pizzas at a reduced cost that we sold in the center. The students loved them.”

In two weeks time the students collected over $700. Tami Gabri, Director of Special Events for the American Cancer Society, came by the center to collect the check.

“I think it is great when young people give back,” she said. “One in every three people is diagnosed with cancer and this money will go towards research, education, advocacy, patient and family services. This is very exciting that without prompting they picked our organization to fundraise for. We are very grateful for their hard work.”