Marengo Academy raising cancer awareness

Published 4:49 pm Monday, October 4, 2010

Marengo Academy’s Student Government Association project for the month of October is “CANCER AWARENESS 2010”. To get started, the SGA wanted to sell pink t-shirts and have part of the proceeds to be donated to the Cancer Society. Ms. Chapman, the fourth grade teacher, help the SGA out by coming up with a wonderful slogan“HORNS Helping Our Remarkable Neighbors Survive”. With homecoming just over, the SGA was thankful for everyone that ordered a T-shirt to help their cause.

Mrs. Mary Ann Gibbs, a teacher at the high school who is a cancer survivor, plan was to purchase a t-shirt. The seventh grade, decided among them, to take up donations and purchase a shirt to give to Mrs. Gibbs and have the remaining money donated to the Cancer Society in her name. This was a very heart warm gesture that did not go unnoticed.

The SGA, along with the varsity cheerleaders, decided to incorporate a PINK Pep Rally to go with their project. They started the day off with the sell of Cancer Ribbon Tattoos with a portion of the proceeds going to the society. They encouraged everyone to wear their cancer t-shirts or any clothing of pink to the pep rally. The response was enormous.

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The elementary also did their part. During the Fall Book Fair, the students made their donations of their pocket change to the Cancer Society.

At the pep rally, the cheerleaders brought out a 25 foot sign that adorned the Cancer Logo. On this poster were ribbons with the names of people that have been touched by such a dreaded disease. As the cheerleaders held the sign, SGA Sponsor Leigh Griffith and President Ciara McIntyre, invited anyone that is fighting cancer please come to center court where they received a standing ovation from the students and everyone present. Everyone was encouraged to keep adding names to the poster. The poster would then be carried to the field for the Friday night ballgame.

To finish the CANCER AWARENESS KICK-OFF, the field was decorated with pink and white balloons. The football Run Through carried out the theme also with “HORNS Helping Our Remarkable Neighbors Survive” slogan. The cheerleaders each worn pink ribbons in their hair and threw pink beaded necklaces during the game. The SGA will continue their project through the month of October. The SGA would like to thank everyone for making this such a successful project for their organization.