On February 8th, staff, students, and families from our West Shore Community will once again run a 135-mile relay at Roof Park in the fifth annual West Shore Hope Express (WSHE). The mission for the WSHE is “to raise awareness and money for the Four Diamonds Fund in the communities through which we run.” The Four Diamonds Fund (FDF) supports pediatric cancer patients and their families undergoing treatment at the Hershey Medical Center. No family is ever denied their support, which covers ALL co-pays, meals when admitted to the hospital, social services, financial support and a world class medical staff. The program is similar to St. Jude’s, but is right here in our back yard supporting our local families. Several of our own Fairview families have been impacted by pediatric cancer and all have benefited from the support of The Four Diamonds Fund. Register Online
Beginning on January 13th until the day of the run on February 8th, our schools will be hosting fun events and raising money to support the mission of The Hope Express. There are many opportunities for the students to work together to raise money. As we “Blow Cancer Out of the Water,” we will sell snowflakes to cover our hallways in an effort to “white out cancer.” Shirts with the new design will be available along with crazy headbands, new wristbands, pens, and color changing mood pencils. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to participate in their own Non-Stop Dance on January 24th from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm at Fairview. We will wrap up the month with a Spirit Week and a Pep Rally to get everyone ready for our 135-mile walk/run on February 8th.
West Shore Hope Express Address & Schedule
Roof Park in Fairview Township
599 Lewisberry Rd.
New Cumberland, PA 17070
Saturday, February 8th 10am-1pm
T-shirt Design Contest
Our activities began this past October when we hosted the annual T-shirt Design Contest. Five different designs were submitted from various schools and the winner was the design by our very own Cooper Clark, a fifth grader at Fairview. His theme, “Blow Cancer Out of the Water,” will carry through all of our activities this year. It is featured on the back of our new T-shirts and the slogan will be used in all of our marketing and event planning.
Non-Stop Dance – January 24th
We will host our annual Hope Express school dance on Friday, January 24th. The kids will have the chance to dance with their teachers, play games in the library and just have fun. Each class will be asked to donate items for all to enjoy. Donations should be brought to Fairview during the week of January 21st -24th.
K/1st/2nd grades – Dance from 4:00pm-5:00pm and donate 8 oz. bottles of water
3rd/4th/5th grades – Dance from 5:00pm-6:00pm and donate individual bagged snacks
Spirit Week – February 3rd- 7th
Details of this week will be shared closer to the date.
West Shore Hope Express – February 8th at Roof Park from 10:00am to 4:00pm
The run will take place from 10:00AM-4:00PM on Saturday, February 8th. Our goal is to raise $100 per mile. You may form a team with your family, your friends, your church group, scouts, etc. The possibilities are limitless. This is a community event and we welcome all participants. We look for teams of four, but, don’t mind an extra. If you would like to participate this year, set a goal for each team member to raise $25. Remember, we are raising awareness for The Four Diamonds Fund, so when you ask for a donation, be sure to tell them you are supporting The Four Diamonds Fund and helping kids with cancer. To join this year’s run you will need to complete a registration form, which you can get from your teacher.
This year we will be doing the registration for the event online. Register Online
Chili Cook-Off – February 8th from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Do your friends rave about your chili? Do you think you can compete with the best? Now is your chance. On the day of the WSHE, we will be hosting the second Hope Express Chili Cook-Off. The entry fee is $25 and judges will pay $5 to judge all of the entries. This will be a fun way to show off your cooking and there will be fun prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. Applications will be available on the Hope Express website at www.thehopeexpress.org (follow the Event Information to the West Shore Hope Express page.) Learn more
We are all very excited about the West Shore Hope Express. Not only will our schools be working together to raise awareness for the kids (FTK), but we will be helping to lighten the financial burden for local families whose children are going through treatment for childhood cancer. Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We look forward to your participation in this meaningful event.
West Shore Hope Express Calendar of Events
January 15 – February 7 Merchandise available
January 15 – February 5 Runner registration
January 24 – Sweatshirt orders due
January 24 – Dance at Fairview Elementary 4:00 – 6:00 pm
February 3 – February 7 Spirit week
February 8 – 10:00 am WSHE start @ Roof Park
February 8 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Chili Cook-Off
West Shore Hope Express Merchandise
2014 “Blow Cancer Out of the Water” short sleeve t-shirt $10.00
2014 “Blow Cancer Out of the Water” long sleeve t-shirt $13.00
2014 “Blow Cancer Out of the Water” sweatshirt $22.00 (hoodie) $15.00 (crew) MUST PRE-ORDER SWEATSHIRTS BY JANUARY 24TH
SIZES = youth small, medium, large, adult small, medium, large, extra large NOTE: XXL +$2, XXXL +$3
Snowflakes – Help us to White Out Cancer $1.00
Color changing pencils $.50
“Blow Cancer Out of the Water” Stylus Pens $1.00
“Blow Cancer Out of the Water” wristband $2.00
The Hope Express Car Magnet $5.00
“Blow Cancer Out of the Water” cinch sac $7.00