Pottstown Students Raise $6,700 in Cancer Fight
POTTSTOWN PA – When the coronavirus pandemic struck, back in mid-March (2020), Gov. Tom Wolf ordered schools across the state to close and students to stay at home. Sadly, that occurred only one day before Pottstown High School students had planned to hold their second annual MiniTHON fundraiser to benefit the fight against childhood cancer at Penn State University in State College PA.
Student leaders Emily Weber, Alex Olvera, Faith Roach, Mackenzie Moser, and Jayniana Williams “were not about to let a pandemic quarantine stop their efforts to help those in need,” the Pottstown School District reported Saturday (June 6). They held the dance marathon virtually over an 8-hour period filled with music, games and activities, and more than 50 students participating.
Its top fundraisers were Faith and Jayden Roach, with $800, the district added.
Proceeds from the recent MiniTHON and other fund-raisers – including a Powderpuff Football game, a restaurant night, and bake sales – have allowed the students this year to donate a total of $6,783.85 (at top and above) to the affiliated Four Diamonds non-profit organization at Penn State. It pays for family and specialty care, and research to help children and families battling any form of childhood cancer.
Weber, speaking on behalf of her fellow students and their sponsor, high school teacher Vickie McShea, said the group was proud of those Pottstown students “who are so willing to give of themselves to help those in need. We may never meet any of them, but we will have helped make their world a better place to live in.”
Photos supplied by the Pottstown School District