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Pound Ridge Elementary Rallies to Fight Leukemia

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – The students of Pound Ridge Elementary School (PRES) are gearing up to show off their school spirit for a good cause.

Starting on Friday, Feb. 3, the school will begin School Spirit Fridays. On that Friday, and every one through March 23, the students will wear either red, orange or purple clothing to show their support for Pound Ridge Elementary’s efforts to help further research and patient aid for blood cancers such as leukemia.

“The red and orange are the colors for leukemia awareness and purple is the universal cancer awareness color,” said Sue Novak, the school nurse.

The awareness program and the fundraisers that will coincide with them are in honor of Pound Ridge Elementary student Frankie Dezell, who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

“Frankie’s been going through chemo for about two years; it was two years ago this May that he was diagnosed,” Novak said. “He’s been going through a lot and he’s such a good kid.”

This will be the second year the school has ran the fundraiser. To raise money to donate to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, each student will take home a donation box. Their families can then fill the boxes with spare change throughout the week, and then return them to the school every Friday. Last year, the school collected $9,700.

Novak said she’s been choosing students at random to help make posters to put around the school that will promote the program.

Also, every Friday during the course of the the program, teachers will take a head count of the colors the students are wearing that day, and the totals will be tracked on a giant mural set up in one of the school’s corridors. On March 23, the winning color will be announced.

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