Dear Fraser Community,
I know it’s taken a couple of days to write this but I had to take some time to try to put my thoughts into words. All I can say is that during these tough economic times, it’s truly amazing what a community can do. This past week, our Cancer week, truly involved an entire community.
I was hoping that as the week was leading up, our kids would learn something about benevolence. I believe that happened. Below highlights some ways in which, I believe, our kids learned something.
As I watched our football players greet each cancer survivor in the tunnel and take the time to shake hands and thank the survivors for coming…I think they learned something.
- As I watched the emotion and thoughtfulness of our athletes as they passed their jersey to the honoree or their family…I think they learned something.
- As I watched our band members sprint to be a part of the human ribbon…I think they learned something.
- As I watched the ending to the ceremony on Friday night and the fact that people just didn’t want to leave…I think everyone learned something.
- As I watched our cheer teams support everyone that came out that night…I think they learned something.
- As I watched our dance team do their best performances in my 9 years as athletic director…I think they felt something.
- As I watched our golf team arrange a golf outing benefitting the cause…I think they learned something.
- As I watched our volleyball team arrange pink ribbons to be sold at all Fraser schools…I think they learned something.
- As I saw the finished ceiling tiles that were made by our National Art Honors Society…I think they learned something.
- As I watched our HOSA members put together ribbons honoring those stricken with cancer and to have those ribbons ring the stadium…I think they learned something.
- As I watched our soccer team’s “soccerfest” come together and as they honored a high school soccer player from another school that lost his life to cancer...I think they learned something.
We had so many of these opportunities for our kids to learn something and to give back and there are so many other different stories that I could share but the big thing is when someone was asked to do something it was always “yes, what else can we do.” I hope I didn’t slight anyone by not mentioning them but this could become a dissertation.
I hope each of you can all take something positive away from this event. If you were involved in any way, you played a huge part in this and for that I would like to thank you.
In case you were wondering, these are some numbers we’ve gathered thus far:
- On Tuesday, Sept. 28th we crossed the $70,000 mark (before expenses) for money raised.
- We sold almost 2600 blue “Teaming Up For A Cure” t-shirts.
- We had 160 athletes presenting jerseys to honorees or their families.
- As far as I know, we had the largest crowd at a Fraser athletic event, ever.
Thanks again for helping celebrate the lives of those affected by cancer. A celebration that couldn’t happen if we didn’t have the caring staff, student body and community that Fraser does.