When Fall Creek Elementary School students Madison Carter and Nevaeh Hemric learned that the mother of one of their classmates had breast cancer, they wanted to do something to help.
Last week, the girls took collection jars to place in two fifth-grade classrooms and started their “Mad Dash for Cash” plan to help raise money for Brady Miller and her family. The students thought of helping to pay a caterer to bring a meal to the Miller family every night, and they began spreading the word with the other students and their families.
In three days, they raised more than $600.
“Fall Creek is a small community of people that have big hearts,” said Karen Carter, the mother of Madison Carter. “We take care of our own. Each child who donated received a pin or charm to show support.
Fall Creek Elementary School’s two fifth-grade class teachers, husband and wife team Angela and Eric Sorrell, took on the challenge and began a competition between the two classrooms.
On Friday, the classrooms held “Pink Day” in recognition of breast cancer awareness, and completed the “Mad Dash” campaign.
The event was not a school-sponsored event, according to Karen Carter.
The students are also planning to dedicate home basketball games to the Miller family in January or hold some other campaign to help out.
“Every single one of these kids deserves a hug for how quickly they jumped in to help their friend,” Carter said.