On February 2nd, staff, students, and families from our West Shore Community will once again run a 135 mile relay at Roof Park in the Fourth 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. Three of our own Fairview families have been impacted by pediatric cancer and all have benefited from the support of The Four Diamonds Fund. Donate to the West Shore Hope Express
Beginning on January 7th until the day of the run on February 2nd, 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 “Pop to Stop Cancer,” 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 wrist bands, and bubble gum scented pencils. In addition, the students will have the opportunity to participate in their own Non-Stop Dance on January 18th from 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. 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 2nd.
T-shirt Design Contest
Our activities began this past October when we hosted the annual T-shirt Design Contest. Seven different designs were submitted from various schools and the winner was the design by Sydney Stupka at Fishing Creek Elementary School. Her theme, “West Shore Pops to Stop Cancer,” 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 18th
We will host our annual Hope Express school dance on Friday, January 18th. 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;
Spirit Week – January 28th to February 1st
Details of this week will be shared closer to the date
West Shore Hope Express – February 2nd – Roof Park from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. WS Express Runner Application
The run will take place from 10:00AM-4:00PM on Saturday, February 2nd and 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. Registration forms will be accepted from January 9th until January 31st and should be returned to your teacher as soon as possible.
Chili Cook-Off (New for 2013) February 2nd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. chili cook off flyer
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 first 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 overall.
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. We look forward to your participation in this meaningful event.
If you would like to support your student or the effort of our community, you may make a tax-deductible donation on-line. Your donation will stay local and support local families whose children are fighting childhood cancer.