‘Children helping children’
Students above at the Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School East Campus help children with cancer with their version of the BOGO: Buy one GIVE one! Pictured l to r: East Campus students write notes of support for children with cancer,
Student Council Officers, bottom, l to r: Kiara Gomez, president; Kai Clarke, Sgt. At Arms; Nicolas Diaz, treasurer; top, l to r: Ms. Marilyn Lopez, Alexandria Gopee, secretary; Sydney Barnes, vice president and Mrs. Jaimie Eikevik pose with the hats.
Josue Gamayo, fifth grade, holds the baseball hat he designed in support of a child with cancer.
PEMBROKE PINES, FL — The Golden Rule of “Do unto others, as you would have them to unto you” is an important part of any project planned by the Pembroke Pines Charter Elementary School East Campus Student Council.
The Student Council wanted to do something special for children with cancer during Children’s Cancer Awareness month, and for the patients at the Joe DiMaggio’s Pediatric Cancer Center, so they organized a dress down and baseball hat day with a twist, a BOGO, Buy one GIVE one! The hats came in many colors blue, pink, red, green along with the colors associated with childhood cancer orange and yellow. Students who donated five dollars received two baseball caps, one to decorate for a sick child and one to take home. Students who purchased the hat wrote a special note to be given with their hat. “We had hoped to donate a minimum of 100 baseball caps for the young patients, and in the end our student council sold enough to donate 200 caps,” stated Alina Perry-Smith, East Campus Curriculum Specialist. “Our students wanted to do something special for children suffering from cancer and they turned to the Golden Rule for inspiration and showed such empathy in their messages in hopes the child who received their note would feel better.”
Throughout the school year the East Campus engages its kindergarten through fifth grade students in opportunities to learn about their community, practice intentional acts of kindness, promote good citizenship and meet business/community leaders. “We are always looking to expand the horizons of our students, which is why we hold Career and Community Read-in Day’s and host student clubs such as Relay for Life, Beach Patrol, K-Kids whose sole purpose is to bring the world to life for our students,” concluded Perry-Smith.
Upcoming: East Campus fundraisers are a dress down day for Breast Cancer Awareness on Oct. 25, 2016 benefiting the American Cancer Society.