Students organize fundraiser for teacher battling cancer

ST. JOHNSVILLE – A fundraiser organized by two fifth-graders at the David H. Robbins Elementary School has raised more than $330 for a teacher battling cancer.

For almost a year now, Diana Streeter, a Fulmont Community Action Agency Headstart teacher who works at the school, has been battling cancer while continuing to work, a news release said.

Aware of the teacher’s fight, Sydney Eggleston and Alexis Klock – both students in Dina Brundage’s fifth-grade class – approached their teacher with an idea to help make a difference for Streeter, the release said.

The girls conceived the idea to have a “Funky Thursday” where students would be welcome to wear fun, mismatched clothing for a day and bring in donations ranging from a penny to a dollar to help offset Streeter’s medical-related expenses. After holding meetings with teachers and administrators to get permission, Eggleston and Klock stayed after school to organize and promote the event.

On the Thursday before spring break, the girls collected donations from students as they arrived for school in the morning, collecting $332.

“I cannot begin to express my appreciation to Sydney and Alexis for organizing this fundraiser. It allowed all students, families and the local community to participate and the response was emotionally overwhelming,” Streeter said in the news release. “It is the actions of our children that help to pave the road to our futures. I couldn’t be more proud or inspired by the generosity of the entire student body, staff and families of D.H. Robbins.”

In recognition of their efforts, Eggleston and Klock were awarded the school’s Starfish Award, which is awarded each month to students who make a difference.

The Starfish Awards are based on a poem, “The Old Man and the Starfish,” by Irv Furman.