Persell Middle School's Leadership Club recently held a Zumbathon to raise money for Roswell Cancer Institute's Breast Cancer Center in honor of National Breast Cancer Month.
The students chose to raise money for breast cancer research because many of them have been affected by the disease through their mothers, aunts, grandmothers and even by their friends' mothers struggles and triumphs with the cancer. The Zumbathon was the brainchild of Persell teacher Melissa Forster. As a Zumba instructor, she said the fundraiser would be a fun and healthy way to raise donations for the cause. The Zumbathon raised $309 with Persell student Iyana Woodall and her mother is Brenda Stewart raising $155.
The Zumbathon is just one activity that the Leadership Club does every year.
Front row, from left, are Alexis Arnold, Skylar Paxton, Iyana Woodall and teacher Melissa Forster. Middle row, from left, are Jacqueline Evan and Xavier Perry. Back row is Meridith Rohlin.
"The club focuses on identifying individual strengths within students and utilizing those in a team effort," said Leadership Club Advisor and Persell teacher Ashley Keiser. "The students learn about communication and problem-solving through team building exercises and then apply the skills they learn in volunteer efforts around the community. The club is currently preparing to rake leaves for the local elderly in early November."