Once again, Bell Elementary easily surpassed its fundraising goal in its annual drive to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The school announced its three-week “Bell Beats Cancer Campaign” fundraising drive raised $2,784.83, far outpacing the goal of $1,000. The announcement came at an assembly on Friday afternoon.
“Each year we set a goal that we feel is lofty and every year our Bell community comes through to blow that goal out of the water. This year was no different,” said teacher Meghan Leonard, one of the organizers of the fundraising drive.
The highlight of the assembly came when some lucky students who donated to the cause were able to throw a pie in the face of Student Council officers Berkley Ingram, Eva Hartley, Audrey Irons, and Veronica Coleman. Because the school finished well above its fundraising goal, the officers also had to face a barrage of silly string and glitter bombs.
“I was really happy. I was a little bit scared because when I got pied in the face,” said Hartley. “I was really happy and grateful that I helped kids with cancer. I know that getting all that money can help a lot of kids.”
“I feel really good about it. I feel it will help a lot of kids and help cure cancer,” said Coleman.
“It feels amazing. Sometimes I imagine how I would feel if I was that kid who had cancer and this whole school was raising money to fight it,” said Kayla Youngs, a member of Bell Student Council.
Inspired by a former Bell student who suffered from childhood leukemia, participating in the fundraising campaign has become a yearly tradition at Bell School, which, over the course of the past 15 years, has raised over $26,000.