High school tech group plans cancer fundraiser

Published on Thu, Dec 22, 2011
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 Blaine High School’s Technology Student Association (TSA) today announced plans for its seventh annual American Cancer Society fundraiser the week of January 3 to January 6, 2012.

Launched in 2005, the TSA project invites students, teachers and members of the community to participate in a week-long competition to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Under the direction of Blaine High teacher Jim Nelson, the 18 members of Blaine’s TSA chapter are hoping to surpass previous years’ donations, which have totaled over $14,000 during the event’s history.

The four-day fundraiser begins with a Tuesday morning kickoff assembly featuring guest speakers and an invitation for students to honor and remember family members and friends affected by cancer.

During the week, two teachers from each grade level will compete for contributions, inviting students and school staff to make donations to their collection jars. Each $50 raised will result in one inch being cut from the length of their pants, which they must wear for the entire week. TSA students will broadcast daily news to their classmates, featuring the live ‘cutting ceremony’ while providing updates on the quest for fundraising supremacy.

The TSA project team also hopes to get local businesses to participate.

The week concludes with a “high stakes” Blaine’s Best Dance Crew competition on Friday afternoon.

“We’re trying to tap into our students’ creativity to raise money for cancer research in a way that is both fun and memorable,” Nelson said.