Faculty, staff, and students at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have raised $1,082 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
The PMSA wellness department has overseen the fundraiser for Relay for Life, which raises money for cancer research and education. According to Ms. Jessica Schaub, a PMSA wellness teacher, the teachers set a goal of $1,000 to top last year’s amount of about $600 raised, using incentives and rewards such as breakfast for the juniors and seniors and the opportunity for freshmen and sophomores to silly string their teachers.
"We are thrilled that we were not only able to reach our goal, but beat it," Ms. Schaub said. "And we all felt that the students we so amazing with their donations. We had several students who gave $40 or more. It was really awesome to see their generosity for such a great cause."
A likely motivation for the generosity this year was the memory of Ms. Renee Braun, a PMSA English teacher who passed away after a battle with cancer in April. A board in the middle of a display of the feet representing donations on PMSA’s second floor was posted in her memory.
"We definitely think that her passing helped the students (and teachers) willingness to donate to this cause," Ms. Schaub said.
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that she was proud of the amount that was raised.
"Part of education is finding different ways to serve our community, and this is an excellent example for our school to serve the community," Dr. Karvelas said. "I am proud of the effort, and I congratulate our faculty, staff, and students for doing so much for a worthy cause."