Movie raises funds for cancer help

For a group of Holmes Elementary School students, sitting back while classmates’ families battled cancer wasn’t an option.
Krystle Wagner
May 2, 2013

Mallory and Collin Burt, Sophie Rice, Kate VanderWall, Paige Sharp, and Brezlyn Rose worked for the past few months to create ways to raise awareness and money for local families battling cancer. The kids said it's because they’ve all been impacted by the disease.

On Wednesday, about 245 of their classmates packed the school’s gym with pillows, blankets and bags of donated popcorn to watch “Rise of the Guardians."

The movie-going students were encouraged to wear pajamas and asked to donate $5 to attend the movie event.

A portion of the proceeds from the fundraiser will help Sophie Rice's family with expenses, and the rest was donated to pediatric cancer research on behalf of the Burt family.

Shelly Ellingboe, a Holmes counselor who helped the students with the event, said they raised more than $1,500 on Wednesday.

Fourth-grader Rose stood with her popcorn next to VanderWall, looking at all the students packing the gym.

“I didn’t expect there would be this many kids,” Rose said.

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