Colt Andrews students 'Huff and Puff' to benefit school, cancer research

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Students from Colt Andrews School huffed and puffed their way to raising hundreds of dollars during a fundraiser Thursday, much of which will benefit the Gloria Gemma Beast Cancer Resource Foundation.

The school's student government — made up of 32 students in grades 3, 4 and 5 — decided earlier in the year to organize a fundraiser to support the school and a community organization. After the mother of one student politician was unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer, the group decided Gloria Gemma was the organization to support.

"We kind of wanted to give back, so we wanted to do a fundraiser in our school's name," said student government President Kaleigh Quinn, a fifth-grader.

After originally planning to organize a walk-a-thon, the students decided to expand the event into a school-wide "Huff and Puff," promoting exercise while raising money for charity and the school. The students were put through their paces on the Town Common Thursday afternoon with a Zumba lesson, a Yoga session and a "boot camp" training session.

The students organized the fundraiser themselves, marketing the event and creating sponsorship forms sent home with their classmates. Students responded by bringing donations of all denominations, from 64 cents to $100, totaling $1,300. The proceeds will be split between Gloria Gemma and the student government's budget, needed to make improvements in the school.

"We plan to use it to make our school better," said Vice President Ginny Illingworth, also a fifth grader. "We want to get a flag pole for our school with the American flag and our school flag. And paper towels in the bathrooms. We only have air dryers and some kids don't like them."

The students may also invest the profits from Thursday's fundraiser into a future endeavor, according to kindergarten teacher Kris Aleicho, who helped the students plan Thursday's Huff and Puff. Part of the proceeds will be used to buy rubber Colt Andrews bracelets that can be sold for a fundraiser next year.

To donate to Gloria Gemma, visit the foundation's website here.

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