For those of you that don't know my name is Michelle Perk, I am a 6th grade math teacher at Southeast Middle School in Baton Rouge, LA.
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month our school has decided to do a fundraiser to support the women going through this disease.
My mom is a 2 time breast cancer survivor that is now battling lymphoma. She is 55 and this will be her 3rd time dealing with chemo. On October 1, my mom was in the local paper to start off the October Breast Cancer edition promoting awareness and support.
After reading the article my students kept asking how they could help, so as a class we came up with a plan. Next week Oct. 10-15 we will be raising money. Students who participate in raising money will wear pink shirts on Friday.
On that Friday, October 15 the student's name that is pulled will be able to cut 10 inches off my hair in front of our students to donate. My mother and my 3 year old daughter will also be there at this event to show the students that some women can survive the battle.
80% of our student population is considered low income according to federal guidelines and they still want to give and take part in contributing to finding a cure. They know that they can only raise so much, but they would love to have businesses and sponsors match their donation or step up and donate themselves.
They are hoping that their participation will motivate the community to step up and take part in giving to help others. They want to prove that no matter where they come from or the struggles they face, they CAN change the world. Our kids make a difference everyday and they are trying to start by helping women in our community.
Anything you could do to help would be wonderful. Susan G. Koman is a great cause, but our students being proud that they accomplished a goal is an equally great cause!!
Here at Southeast we consider our students our own children, and our staff would love nothing more than to see our kids flourish at something, especially when it can show how much heart they have. I hope you or one of your associates could come and support this cause.
Please feel free to donate. The deadline for money will be on October 31, since that is the last dayof the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Please help our students reach their goal of $10,000 by next Friday! It would really show our students that kids make a difference and they will be the change that we want to see in the world!
Don't disappoint these kids by letting them go at this alone...step up and help them meet their big goal!
With all the hope in my heart, Michelle Perk
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