Leesville has participated in several fundraisers in the past: food drives, treats for troops, prom dress drives, and countless more. One particular fundraiser caught surprised me because this fundraiser was more than material items, which are just as vital and important, but it was more emotional and moving.
“Striving for More” isn’t an average fundraiser– not only does it raise money for the Striving for More organization, but it also provides families of cancer patients with emotional and spiritual support regardless of their financial situation.
“The money raised will go to a variety of things. It is used to help provide emotional support to families and children who are dealing with/diagnosed with childhood cancer. There are many things that these families and children need that insurance does not cover such as priests, recreational therapists, and more,” Mrs. Sollie, Spanish teacher, said.
The money will also be used to provide bags with essential items that the families and children will need within the first few weeks of their diagnosis. It has also been used to purchase digital cameras that the children can use to document their journey.
Donations were collected from Monday, April 23 to Thursday, April 26 during students’ second periods. Mrs. Kolb’s class won by donating the most amount of money- $30.97 per person. The second place class was Mrs. Sollie’s class with $13.17 per person.
Some students’ hearts were touched by Diane Moore, founder of Striving for More, when she made an informational video inspiring Leesville students to take action. Visit www.striving4more.org for more information about the organization or if you are interested in donating.