Weekly Feature

2018-03-14 / Local News

Ken-Ton students raise funds to help eradicate polio

Students from Kenmore East and West high schools visited six elementary and middle schools raising $1,755 as part of “Purple Pinkie Day.”

With matching programs through the Kenmore Rotary Club and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, this will result in a total of $10,500 for the effort to eradicate polio.

According to the district, the money is used to purchase vaccinations for people who might otherwise contract the virus, and potentially spread it to others.

Only two countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan — still report new cases of polio.

As part of this event, children donated money to support the effort to eradicate polio and had their fingers painted as a show of solidarity and to raise awareness about the effort.

The longstanding initiative in the Ken-Ton School District is spearheaded by Rotary International’s local chapter, the Kenmore Rotary Club.

Leading the way on Purple Pinkie Day were students from the Kenmore West Challenge/ Interact Club and the Kenmore East Interact Club, under the direction of advisers Darcy France and Kyle Witul, respectively, and student leaders Frankie Mercado, Jack Stoerr, Emily Caruana, Sarah Burhans, Elijah Blumberg and Eita Nanda, among many others.

They held “Purple Pinkie Day” events at the following locations:

• Hoover Middle School, coordinated by teacher Amy Stoerr.

• Franklin Middle School, coordinated by Principal Chris Ginestre.

• Hoover Elementary School, coordinated by teacher Laura McLean.

• Franklin Elementary School, coordinated by teacher Lynne Akin.

• Edison Elementary School, coordinated by social worker Ceil Bauer.

• Lindbergh Elementary School, coordinated by teacher aide Towana Wells.

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