WASHINGTON — The Washington Middle School Student Council was hard at work this year and raised $2,100 for local charity Hawkeye Cans for Cancer.
Connie Svenby, student council adviser, said every year the students choose a charity to raise money for. Usually they raise about $500 but more than quadrupled their efforts this year.
Hawkeye Cans for Cancer was chosen as the nonprofit of choice because it is a local charity that provides support and services to families and patients dealing with cancer. The organization was started by Cindy Guy in honor of her son, Nathan Guy who passed from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in 2017.
The organization takes cash donations but also has a site set up at the WCDC Redemption Center in town where residents can drop off aluminum cans to be recycled and the proceeds will be donated to the organization which will in turn help families in need.
Svenby said the students have not raised this much money in quite a long time but with the help of the community they were able to rise above expectations.
“I don’t think we’ve had a fundraiser this huge in a lot of years. This one is amazing and it was a district and community effort,” she said.
The district held a “jeans day” where all staff members could pay $5 to wear jeans for the day with the proceeds going to the fundraiser. $1,000 was raised from that effort alone, she said, and the students raised the additional $1,100 on their own.
“Our student council sat back at lunch and took donations that way and we encouraged people to donate their cans to the redemption center,” she said, adding there were several classroom competitions as well to help encourage fundraising. “It was a group effort of all the kids in the middle school.”
Knowing this money was raised by students in sixth through eighth grade, Svenby said she is proud of their work and it just goes to show how dedicated the students are to making a difference in the community.
“I am amazed. I’m so proud of them all that we came together. In the beginning we were slow to start with but we came up with a few ideas and the student council kids pushed through them all,” she said. “It makes me feel good that they recognize how important a program like this is. I’m sure every kid knows someone who is battling cancer or has battled cancer so to have this program in town for our community is pretty amazing.”