Mid­dle school stu­dents ‘Unite for HER’

Stet­son and Peirce mid­dle schools join forces to raise money for non­profit

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­port

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — SANDRIEN B PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Stu­dents from Stet­son Mid­dle School and Peirce Mid­dle School shake hands fol­low­ing their an­nual foot­ball game.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — SANDRIEN B PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — WEST CH­ESTER AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

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.

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