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Up Against The Wall, For A Good Cause

Good sport, Stephan Kincaid.

Good sport, Stephan Kincaid.

POTTSTOWN PA – Duct tape, the silvery and strong adhesive ribbon that can be man’s best tool for plugging holes, mending tears and generally fixing anything broken, was proven last week at Pottsgrove Middle School to have yet another useful purpose: raising money to cure disease.

In two related charitable drives students at the middle school, 1351 N. Hanover St., raised more than $1,800 for the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to support its research, as well as “to improve the quality of life of patients and their families,” Principal William Ziegler said. Included in the total was $500 from a promotion called “Stuck For A Buck,” in which Middle School Guidance Counselor Stephan Kincaid allowed himself to be duct-taped to a pillar in the school cafeteria.

Both the duct tape fund-raiser, and an even more successful collection called “Pasta For Pennies,” were conducted in honor of Grace Cannon, a Ringing Rocks Elementary School student afflicted with leukemia. Cannon again this year, as she has in the past, agreed to be the middle school’s “honored hero,” Ziegler reported, and her picture adorned flyers and posters that promoted the fund-raising efforts.

Throughout February and earlier this month, hundreds of middle school students donated spare change during lunch periods to raise funds in support of research into leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease. The Cannon family’s involvement, Ziegler said, put a human and community face to the campaign. The Cannons made a personal visit to the middle school two weeks ago.

Guidance counselor Kincaid’s offer added some fun. Last Friday (March 13, 2009), he volunteered to be stuck against a cafeteria kitchen support pillar by lengths of duct tape purchased by students for a dollar apiece. During just three lunch periods in one day, “Stuck For A Buck” generated more than a quarter of the total amount donated.

It was, Ziegler said, “some cool stuff.”

Photo by William Ziegler

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