Mini-THON doubles it goal Cocalico Middle School students raise $25,042.41 for the kids

By on March 20, 2013

By: LUCY RICCOMINI Review Staff, Staff Writer

On March 15, Cocalico Middle School hosted its first-ever Mini-THON to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund.

And some teachers lost their hair and eyebrows as a result.

It was a small price to pay when they saw their kiddos lift the final number at the end of the event, which over doubled their initial goal of $10,000.

Teachers, students, friends and families gathered in the school for an evening of activities and events to benefit those who suffer from cancer. It’s a disease that hits close to home for students and staff at Cocalico Middle School. One of their own, Hunter Leisey, is fighting Leukemia. Leisey, a student at the middle school, raised the most money for Mini-THON. Though he was unable to attend due to treatments he was receiving at Hershey Medical Center, he was able to raise $1,200.

Cocalico Middle School students formed an advisory program called CREW (Creating Respect in Everyone’s World) and selected a Mini-THON as its school-wide community fundraiser. Led by school counselor Stacey L. Sola, the students set a goal of $10,000. If they reached that goal, German teacher Mr. Scott Pasternacki would shave his head. English teacher Mrs. Kelly Shewmake agreed to shave her eyebrows if the students raised $25,000.

Codey Leisey had the honors of shaving Mr. Pasternacki’s head since his brother, Hunter, was unable to attend the event.

Nathaniel Martin, a seventh grader who raised $601, and Taylor Hornberger, a sixth grader who raised $510, also got to help shave Pasternacki’s head. And Mr. Martin shaved Mrs. Shewmake’s eyebrows.

The kids enjoyed a night of games, dancing, tug-of-war, board games, and more while benefiting the Four Diamonds Fund. For more information on THON and the Four Diamonds Fund, visit pennstatehershey.org/web/fourdiamonds. More MINI-THON, page A11

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