Buckeye Local raises funds for United Way campaign

UNITED WAY SUPPORT — Members of the Buckeye Local High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes recently raised nearly $870 for the United Way of Jefferson County by collecting funds during a week-long campaign, while the moneymaker also incorporated cancer awareness and a food drive to benefit a local pantry. FCA Secretary Kara Zanes presented the cash to United Way Executive Director Kate Sedgmer, right. - Contributed

CONNORVILLE — Students and staff at Buckeye Local High School got a chance to dress up — and down — to raise money for the United Way of Jefferson County.

During the week of Oct. 30, students and teachers paid a small sum to don hats and jeans to benefit the United Way of Jefferson County and collected more than $868 in the process. Belinda Boyce, adviser of the school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes organization, said her group led the activity for the second year to assist a variety of causes.

“It’s for the United Way, and everybody was involved and enjoyed it that week,” Boyce said.

Teachers paid $5 to wear jeans and students paid $1 to don hats each day that week, while participants also dressed in colorful shirts for cancer awareness. An emerald green hue worn one day signified liver cancer; black for melanoma; pink for breast cancer; yellow for bone cancer; and dark blue for colon cancer.

In addition, a bake sale was held and Leaves of Remembrance were sold for $1 each in honor of someone who battled or succumbed to the disease. The week ended with an FCA-sponsored variety show that featured the talents of BLHS faculty members.

Meanwhile, a canned food drive was conducted and 10 boxes were donated to the Rush Run Community Chapel in Rayland to assist with its Thanksgiving basket campaign for local needy families.

United Way Executive Director Kate Sedgmer said she was grateful for the school’s monetary donation, noting every little bit helps.

“This year, we have 17 nonprofits we’re funding,” she said. “We’re at 42 percent of our goal and this will take us even further. Buckeye Local has been a longtime supporter, and Jefferson County schools vie for our Top Dog Award for the most money raised and the Gopher Award for the largest percentage increase over last year.”

The United Way of Jefferson County has set this year’s campaign goal at $400,000. To make a contribution, send checks in care of the organization to P.O. Box 1463, Steubenville, OH 43953.