Bonaire Middle event raises funds for Jay’s Hope

November 27, 2013 

As a way to raise both money and awareness for childhood cancer, Bonaire Middle School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chapter recently hosted “Hats 4 Hope Day.”

Students who purchased “Hats 4 Hope” stickers got to wear a hat to school.

Proceeds were given to the Jay’s Hope Foundation, an organization that provides support to families of children with cancer. The namesake Jay Gaskins died in 2006 at the age of 5.

The FCCLA spent a lot of time promoting the event. FCCLA members made posters for the hallways and had announcements about the event made at the school.

Along with promoting the actual event, the announcements and posters gave facts about childhood cancer, including informing students that there have been students from Bonaire Middle who directly benefited from Jay’s Hope.

Alice Mullis, family and consumer sciences teacher and FCCLA Chapter adviser at Bonaire Middle School, said FCCLA students worked hard to get the faculty and staff to participate as well. The FCCLA gave an award and gift to the teacher who wore the most unusual hat to school. Cheralyn Keily won for her “Star Wars” Yoda hat.

Jay’s Hope is a state FCCLA project; Bonaire Middle School has participated in “Hats 4 Hope” before, but this was the first time the FCCLA chapter took point on the project.

“Our principal announced at a meeting that the school was going to participate in it, and I asked her if she needed some help, since it is a state outreach project. She just turned it over to us,” Mullis said.

The event raised more than $200 for Jay’s Hope.

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