Wallace Family Fun Night participants make melted crayon art at the event.

Family Fun Night raises funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

by LaDonna Swedberg

Tribune Correspondent

The Wallace Student Council held its annual Family Fun Night as the last of this year’s fund raisers. Funds will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

Due to the fact that the Wallace School has five families that have been affected by leukemia or lymphoma, this project is a very big deal to the council, especially since Blake Pelster, one of the members, is a spokesperson for the society.

Blake, a two-time survivor of leukemia, and his sister are members of the student council. Two other student council members have experienced the cancer in a different capacity—Micah Swedberg’s older sister is a leukemia survivor and his grandmother presently has it. Myah McConnell’s twin aunts, Jessica Smith Vapenik and Megan Smith Friesen, are both lymphoma survivors.

The past few months, the student council has done different activities to raise money for the project. At the end of the basketball season, they did a blanket toss, raffled off the blanket and they did the free throw ‘pop shoot.’ Later on, each elementary student was to collect donations for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. A challenge was issued to see which class could raise the most money and earn a pizza party.

The main event however, is Family Fun Night. The student council organized an evening of various games, puzzles, reading stations, and with the aid of the art department, a family art project. Throughout the evening, they served a pizza meal and the evening ended with a movie.

The student council had a goal of $1500 to match last year’s fund raising projects but with so many great contributions, they were able to surpass that goal. Without everything being totally finalized, it looks as they they will be a little over $1800.

Successful fund raising doesn’t happen without a lot of very gracious people donating, be that time, supplies or money. Contributing were Mrs. Nelms and the art department, the Hi Line Coop with the pizza, Mrs. Jameson who provided books for the reading stations and all who attended Family Fun Night.

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