Students at Weeks Elementary School presented a $296 donation to the Sock Out Cancer initiative. Top executives from Security Mutual Life including CEO Bruce Boyea accepted the donation on behalf of the program.
The Weeks Elementary Student Council made the donation Friday during the school's monthly Character Kingdom Assembly. Students sold green carnations on St. Patrick's Day to raise money and wore crazy socks to celebrate the donation.
"A bunch of us students at C.R. Weeks have been personally affected by cancer and we wanted to do something about it," said 4th-grader Lizzy Hopkins.
The Student Council bought the carnations themselves, ensuring all money from the sale of the flowers went to fight cancer.
"They're a good group of kids and they really enjoy doing things for the community," said 4th-grade teacher and Student Council advisor Mike Trapani.
Sock Out Cancer is a new initiative specifically formed to help families in New York’s Southern Tier navigate the road to recovery from cancer by providing financial assistance while they are dealing with the disease.
There was a pleasant surprise during the assembly. The Teacher Parent Children group (TPC) announced it would match the Student Council's donation, meaning $592 is going from Weeks Elementary to Sock Out Cancer.
"We didn't realize they were going to do that. When I heard that I said, 'Woah, that's a lot of money," said Hopkins.
This is the latest charitable cause embraced by the Weeks Student Council. Last year members made blankets for children in the Wyoming Conference Children's Home. The group is still deciding which charity it will benefit next year.