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Students raise funds for charity

June 8, 2012
By MARK J. MILLER - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

TORONTO -Pupils and students in the city school district recently raised funds for the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society through a series of mini-Relays for Life.

Pupils and students in grades kindergarten through 12th raised a total of $3,203 for two events, according to Maureen Taggart, district communications coordinator.

"This has become an annual event and a fundraiser of the Cancer Society," said Taggart, adding pupils and students solicited donations from friends and family. "This year, pupils and students in sixth through 12th grades walked 613 miles and raised $1,879. At Karaffa, those in kindergarten through fifth grade walked 535 miles and raised $1,879. Each building had different incentives to get students and pupils to participate. At Karaffa we recognized the top 10 pupils who raised the most funds. All students and pupils also received a Relay for Life T-shirt."

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RAISING?FUNDS – Pupils and students at Toronto City Schools recently raised funds for the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society through a series of mini-Relays for Life, held at the high school and Karaffa Elementary School. Those participating and raising funds from Karaffa included, front row, from left, Madison Brown, Tannar Chevalier, Scottlynn Littlejohn and Brandon Brown; middle row, Amelia Taggart, Ashlyn Suppa, Coleman Cooper and Ellen Hughes, Karaffa Relay for Life coordinator; and back row, Ozzy Hooper, Chase Cooper and Nick Sninchak.


Total laps at Karaffa included 2,139 laps, and 141 students and teachers contributed, according to Taggart. Top fundraisers at Karaffa included Chase Cooper with $120 raised; Coleman Cooper, $120; Nick Sninchak, $100; Madison Brown, $70.50; Tanner Chevalier, $60; Amelia Taggart, $50; Scottlynn Littlejohn, $40; Ozzy Hooper, $40; Ashlyn Suppa, $30; and Brandon Brown, $30.

"The top student at the high school was Joey Nemitt, and he raised $50," Taggart said. "The coordinator for the relays were Ellen Hughes at Karaffa and Tabitha Merideth at the high school."

Taggart also thanked local business sponsors, which included Tucker's Tavern, the Boathouse, Margaret's Cafe, Yummy's Ice Cream and DiCarlo's Pizza. She added this year's fundraisers topped those of previous years in participation and funds raised.

"There isn't a student or staff member here that doesn't know someone affected by cancer, so it's really personal," she said. "I think the event also raises awareness among the students and pupils about the American Cancer Society and the battle against cancer."

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