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Charity Drive at Jefferson Elementary Raises Big Bucks for Carly’s Club
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Charity Drive at Jefferson Elementary Raises Big Bucks for Carly’s Club

When eight-year-old Jefferson Elementary School student Miah Siranni lost her beloved grandmother to lung cancer four years ago, she wanted to honor her memory by raising money to support cancer research.  Miah also wanted to “pay it forward” by helping children who are fighting cancer.

“It hit me: how could I do something for kids who are suffering?  Paying it forward is when you do something for people without them asking and without asking for anything in return,” said the third-grade student.

Miah Siranni asked her teacher, Danielle Johnson, for help raising funds for “Carly’s Club for Kids & Cancer Research in WNY,” a charitable entity at Roswell Park Cancer Institute that supports pediatric cancer research and helps children who have been diagnosed with cancer.  The initial goal was to have a one-day “pajama day” fundraiser.  When the idea to raise money for “Carly’s Club” was brought to Jefferson Elementary School’s “Character Care Education Committee,” the group decided to increase their efforts into a weeklong fundraiser.

“This was Miah’s vision, and the whole school worked together to turn her charitable vision into a reality,” said Johnson

The school held a “Carly’s Club Spirit Week” that featured fundraisers every day of the week.  In addition to a pajama day, Jefferson Elementary School students participated in a Disney Day, Hat Day, Walkathon, Loose Change Day, and Art Auction Night.  Teachers also read books to students about issues related to cancer and cancer research.

In the end, a representative from “Carly’s Club” came to Jefferson Elementary School to pick up a check from the weeklong fundraisers.  The total raised: a whopping $3619.27.

“I’m proud of Miah and our very caring community at Jefferson Elementary School.  Our students are committed to helping those in need, and they care about making our community a better place to live,” added Johnson.

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