Mrs. Presnell’s Fourth Graders have been learning about young heroes who have made a positive impact in their communities, country, and globally. The students have learned about character traits of heroes and also that one can never be too young or too old to make a positive difference. One of the heroes that we researched was Alex Scott, a young cancer patient. At age 4, Alex created a Lemonade Stand to raise money for her hospital. Sadly, Alex passed away at age 8; however, her Lemonade Stand became a virtual website which has raised 25 million dollars.
We also learned that only 4% of funding for cancer research is allocated for cancer affecting children, so we wanted to help. We decided to organize a school Spelling Bee. We designed T-shirts with the logo, “Together let’s put a SPELL on Childhood Cancer. You can BEE a hero too”, to raise awareness and funding for Greenville Children’s Hospital. With the support and help of Brook Glenn PTA, the fundraiser was a big success. We even had a visitor from Greenville Children’s Hospital, Jennifer Jameson, who spoke to the 3rd and 4th graders about the ways the hospital cares for children. It is so important to teach empathy to children and community involvement is a great way to do so!