WJ students raise $600 for breast cancer research
by Rachel Davis
Nov 03, 2012 | 1457 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
West Jasper Elementary raised $600 throughout the month of October to promote breast cancer research. The students sold pink paper bricks that line the windows and walls inside the school’s lunchroom. A representative from Susan G. Komen Foundation in Birmingham was presented with the $600 check at a school assembly Thursday.

Principal Rita Pilling expressed her pride in the students and their hard work.

“I am very proud of your hard work and the money that you raised,” Pillings told the students in the assembly.

Rachelle Heard thought of the idea for the fundraiser and took the lead in organizing it. She said the idea to sell bricks came from the slogan “Building Hope for a Cure.” Heard’s fourth-grade class earned the most money in the school, selling 118 bricks. She also praised the students at the assembly.

“You have worked extremely hard,” Heard said. “We are very proud of you, and you have exceeded our expectations.”

Breast cancer research is a cause close to the hearts of many at West Jasper Elementary because one of their own, Deb McLemore, is a breast cancer survivor. She addressed the students to express her appreciation for their support and to tell them a little of her story. She told the students that she believed God led her to West Jasper.

“He knew I was going to need a faculty and students that would understand and be there for me,” McLemore said.

She is a five-year survivor and she encouraged students to keep their support for those battling breast cancer up throughout the year.

“October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but don’t let it end there,” McLemore said. “I know from experience, a simple card can mean so much if you just let someone know you care and were thinking about them.”