Collinsville Area Vocational Center students in the early childhood education program hope that a 15-minute video and 2,500 purple-and-white ribbons will help their classmates see that cancer can affect everyone.
Last week, 2,000 students and 500 teachers and staff at Collinsville High School viewed a video showing how cancer has impacted the lives of their teachers and classmates. Math teacher Kelley Liljegren shared her story about surviving cancer. Senior Mayci Miller, 18, talked about losing her older sister to cancer.
After the viewings, which were held during study halls, students from the early childhood program passed out purple-and-white ribbons they made, and left a donation can. They were asking that each student and teacher give one dollar so that they could donate at least $2,500 to two local charities, Kellsie’s Hope Foundation and H.I.S. K.I.D.S.
More people are affected by cancer than I thought, said junior Regan Brooke, 16, after viewing the video.