Jeff Green | Jun 19, 2008
Feature Article - June 19, 2008
Back toHomeFeature Article - June 19, 2008 SLHS Penny drive for cancerBy Chava Field-Green
Sony Teal, Principal Janet Sanderson, Adam Hibbard
On August 9 and 10 SLHS principal Janet Sanderson will walk 60 km in Edmonton for cancer research. She will walk with her sister, who is in her late 30s and has been fighting breast cancer for the last few years. Ms. Sanderson had wanted to shave her head and donate her hair in the summer of 2006, but she was newly appointed as Vice Principal at Sharbot Lake at the time. Just coming into the school, she wanted to include her new students and decided to try and raise the $2,000 admission fee for the walk at the school.
So, in true SLHS fashion, it became a Colour House challenge penny drive, with Mrs. Sanderson shaving her head at the end. Grade 12 student Adam Hibbard the challenged his own colour house, Green, to raise the most money and he would also shave his head. $750 worth of pennies in four jars later Green House had won. This sparked grade 11 student Sonni Teal’s interest; he also volunteered to donate his hair, and quickly passed around his hat, raising $100, and Adam Hibbard and Sonni Teal joined Janet Sanderson in having their heads shaved.
Overall the students and staff have raised between $1800 and $2000 and friends of the Sanderson family have donated another $1500. More is expected in the weeks that come.
Mrs. Sanderson has been overwhelmed by the community support, and is happy to tell her sister that she is supported by the Sharbot Lake High School community.