Middle school students ‘Unite for HER’
Stetson and Peirce middle schools join forces to raise money for nonprofit
Students at Stetson and Peirce middle schools recently joined forces for an annual fundraising initiative.
Students attending Stetson Middle School and Peirce Middle School recently joined forces to raise more than $14,000 together for Unite for HER, an organization that helps fund and deliver complementary therapies that support the physical and emotional needs of those with breast cancer during their treatments and beyond.
Now in its sixth year, the annual two-week-long fundraising initiative culminates in a football game during which players wear pink socks, wristbands, shirts, and other apparel symbolic of support in the battle against breast cancer and support of families affected by the disease.
“All students and staff from both schools have the opportunity to participate,” said Lee Brandon, a teacher and head football coach at Peirce Middle School. “There are many different types of fundraising activities that take place during the two weeks leading up to the big game. We sell a variety of pink gear before school and during lunches, and this year we added a ‘tape a teacher’ initiative. During each lunch period on the day of the game, students could purchase a piece of tape to then tape a teacher or administrator to the wall. We have also had many gracious families donate money towards the initiative too.”
An additional fundraising initiative that tends to generate a lot of interest is the friendly competition between schools on who can raise the most money for Unite for HER. “The principal and head football coach of the school that raises the lower amount of money during the two weeks leading up to the game has to wear the opposing team’s jersey the day after the game,” added Brandon.
While Stetson Middle School won the football game, Peirce Middle School won the friendly fundraising competition between the schools, resulting in Stetson Middle School Principal Chas Cognato wearing Peirce’s football jersey at his school.
Overall, this initiative has raised more than $30,000 over the past six years. The initiatives organizers, which include parents and school staff, plan to continue the tradition and coordinate the fundraiser again next year.
Students from Stetson Middle School and Peirce Middle School shake hands following their annual football game.
Students attending Stetson Middle School and Peirce Middle School pose for a photo together following the annual football game that’s coordinated between the schools as a culmination to a combined fundraiser that benefits Unite for HER.
Even though Stetson Middle School won the football game, Peirce Middle School won the friendly fundraising competition between the two schools, which meant Stetson Middle School Principal Chas Cognato had to wear Peirce’s football jersey to school the day after the game.