“Movember” raises money at Slidell

By Morgan Barnes | Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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SUPPORTING A CAUSE – Slidell students Cate Zuniga and Camryn Franklin sport colorful mustaches in support of Movember, an effort to raise awareness about prostate cancer. Submitted photo

As a seven year 4-Her, my main project is health. I am always looking for new opportunities to help my community.

In October, we participated in Lee National Denim Day and raised $251 to support breast cancer research. After that, I had a male teacher come to me and ask if we could do anything to raise awareness of prostate cancer in November. Prostate cancer is often overlooked, but, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the second most common cause of cancer in white, African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Hispanic men.

I decided to host an event to support the Movember Foundation – an organization in which participating men grow mustaches in the month of November to promote prostate cancer awareness.

On Nov. 28, Slidell ISD stood up to help fight prostate cancer by having a day especially selected for students and teachers to wear camouflage, jeans and mustaches. Teachers participated by donating $5 to wear jeans, and students donating any amount were given a blue bracelet.

This day also involved two fake mustache contests – one for teachers and one for students. Everybody was allowed to vote for their favorite mustache, and the student winner was awarded a $25 gift card. The winning teacher received a baked good.

Slidell ISD staff and students raised $178 for the “Movember” Foundation. Our first time was so successful; I hope to make it an annual event. I encourage surrounding schools to participate as well, and we can all help influence the future.

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