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HELPING OTHERS – Indian Creek Schools recently donated over $6,700 to the Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief Fund. Present for the presentation were, left to right, Ashley Turnbull, Hills Elementary Student Senate Advisor, Stacey Zink, Indian Creek Middle School Student Council Advisor, Lori Long, Radiation Therapist, Marsha Lewis , clerk of oncology, and Catherine Poludniak, director of the Trinity Health System Foundation; back row are ICMS director Holly Minch-Hick, Dr. John Hyland and radiation oncology supervisor Gretchen Heizler. — Contributed

WINTERSVILLE — Three schools in Indian Creek are sharing their generosity by donating more than $6,700 to local cancer patients in times of need.

School officials joined officials from the Trinity Health System Foundation and the Tony Teramana Cancer Center for a check presentation following events at Hills Elementary, Indian Creek Middle School and Cross Creek Elementary in May. Proceeds from each school’s Cancer Relay activities, which were organized by the student senate and student council members, raised approximately $6,714, including $2,300 from Hills, $3,393 from ICMS, and $1,020 from Cross Creek. All the money supports the Trinity Emergency Assistance Relief Fund to help buy gas cards, food and pay utility bills while patients undergo treatment at the facility.

Hills Elementary fourth grade student senate counselor Ashley Turnbull said her school actually raised about $4,700 through her event, but split the money between the TEAR Fund and a local child battling poverty. sickness. Hills held a week-long fundraiser that included costume days and a hike on the trail.

“We are so excited that this will go towards helping patients,” said Turnbull.

The school theme was “Wiping Cancer Off the Board” and featured gambling-related activities, inflatable rides, and cotton candy sales, among others. Events included “Dress up like your favorite board game”, “Twister Tuesday”, “Lost Candy” with candy purchases, “Roll a die and move one space” wearing their favorite sports jerseys and “Pay to Play” where they donated $5, $10, or $15 to participate in activities, walk the track, and get prizes.

ICMS student council adviser Stacey Zink said the college and Cross Creek have followed suit and joined Hills in benefiting from the fund. ICMS students bought wristbands and other items such as snow cones, and they walked the trail in their one-day event.

“We had a one-day carnival relay and the kids walked and donated, DJ Anthony Bailey of Movin and Groovin Productions had inflatables and popcorn and donated the proceeds from the pop-up sales. corn. Children from every grade level participated and the Pep Club and student council were involved. We had a football pitch, a home derby with baseballs, and high school students helped run each station,” Zinc added. “The kids were thrilled when they found out the funding was going to patients in the community, and I think it was personal for some of them.”

ICMS principal Holly Minch-Hick added that her school had held similar events in the past and had also helped a student with cancer.

CCE student dean Mackenzie Householder, who is also a student adviser to the Senate, said her students participated in karaoke and a dance party as part of their fundraiser and that the contribution was important since cancer hit close to home.

“He is local and helps community members who have also supported our schools, and he helps parents and friends of people at school,” she commented.

Meanwhile, Trinity officials were touched by the friendliness of the students and said it would help patients in need. The Tony Teramana Cancer Center helps more than 100 people a day and the funds cover the costs of utility bills, transportation and related needs while they are treated.

“That’s wonderful,” said Catherine Poludniak, director of the foundation. “I love when the community comes together to support the TEAR Fund, especially since it gives back to patients.”

“It’s awesome,” added Gretchen Heizler, radiation oncology supervisor at Teramana Cancer Center. “It helps patients who are undergoing chemotherapy tremendously.”

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