Blaine tech student association prepares for cancer research fundraiser

Published on Wed, Dec 14, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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I just got a press release from Jim Nelson, a teacher at Blaine High School and adviser for the school's chapter of the Technology Student Association. Here it is in full:

Blaine High School’s Technology Student Association (TSA) today announced plans for its seventh annual American Cancer Society fundraiser the week of Jan. 3 – 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 week 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 updates to their classmates, featuring the live "cutting ceremony" while providing updates on the quest for fundraising supremacy.

The TSA project team also hopes to expand fundraising participation among local businesses, some of which contributed to previous year’s projects.

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

"One of our major goals is to raise awareness regarding cancer, which is projected to surpass heart disease as the number one source of mortality in the United States,” Nelson said. “On a more positive note, we’re trying to tap into our students’ creativity to raise money for cancer research in a way that is both fun and memorable.”


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