Encinal Elementary School in Atherton launched “Chores for Change”, a fundraiser to introduce students to the power of working together to make a difference.
Inspired by fifth grade student Tyler Nelson, who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, students will do chores at home to earn money to donate to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Throughout the campaign, students will learn valuable life skills of compassion, support, and engagement.
As an incentive, if the school raises over $5,000, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will bring a pig to school for Principal Sharon Burns to kiss in front of the entire student body.
The fundraiser kicked off at an assembly this morning where the students body learned about blood cancer and how the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is working to improve the lives of those who are diagnosed. They viewed filmed interviews with Tyler about his fight with cancer and with fellow Encinal student Gabriel Chow, who has Alagille Syndrom and underwent a liver transplant last year.
While raising funds and awareness, Encinal students will also be cheerleaders for their classmate. Tyler’s original group of all-male cheerleaders from Halloween dusted off their pom poms and filmed a cheer about fighting cancer to inspire the student body.