By Tara Cavanaugh
This week a group of Pattengill fifth graders sold t-shirts during lunchtime to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. But this wasn’t a traditional fundraiser: the fifth graders came up with the sale themselves, and they even made the t-shirts.
Cora Newman, Fatima Hammoudeh, Emily Shazer, Ella Manning and former Pattengill student Jacoby Haley organized the sale after realizing they all had something in common: someone in their lives has or had cancer.
The students organized a design contest in their class and picked Kaitlyn Stout’s design. The shirt shows a violet ribbon, offering support for all types of cancers.
“My dad’s dad, he had pancreatic cancer,” said Emily, “and I’m trying to raise money for him.”
With parent help, the fifth graders got an affordable rate from the Ann Arbor T-shirt Company. They publicized their sale with announcements and posters. Cora, who lost her grandfather to bladder cancer, also made bracelets for the sale.
The students made $356 during Tuesday’s lunch alone and continued their sale on Thursday. Any leftover t-shirts will be sold at the Bryant/Pattengill community ice cream social Friday night.
“I think that it was really impressive that the kids came together when they found they all had this in common,” said Jennifer Manning, a parent who helped the students organize their sale. “They worked together to create something out of what really was their loss.”