Class Act: "Dance Out Cancer" in Herrin


By WSIL Manager

HERRIN -- Some students at Herrin Elementary School recently experienced their first dance.

It was organized by fifth grader Zoe Williams. She and her mom spent about a year putting together the "We Give a Hoot About a Cure" fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

"Cancer has affected my family many times. My aunt had it, my great grandpa had it. I just thought it was a good idea to raise money and give it to the local cancer society," said Zoe.

When it was all said and done, 144 fourth and fifth graders showed up to support the cause, raising more than one thousand dollars.

"Zoe is a warm hearted person. She's been my best friend since kindergarten. She's just really nice and everything," said classmate Julia Mohr.

Olivia England added, "I thought she was doing something amazing. She loved it and everybody was dancing and having a good time. Everyone brought money to support cancer. I thought it was really good."

"I'm glad she did it. I know a lot of people wouldn't do that, and there's a lot of people fighting cancer that's really nice of her to do that," said student Ryleigh Graul.

Teachers and parents volunteered their time to chaperone. Principal Andrew Shelby says actions like this help build character.

"It works with kids when they do for their community and others. We've really experienced an outpouring of that lately, and that's something you can't grade on a school report card," said Shelby.

Zoe is quick to give thanks to family and friends. The $1,059 collected came from admission to the dance, t-shirt sales and donations.

"Thank you Herrin Elementary, and be happy that we got all this money and it's going to stay local," said Zoe.

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