Beta Nu’s Denim Day drive raises $3,254 and counting
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Johnna West (center), adviser of Family Career & Community Leaders of America at Saltillo ISD, gets help from FCCLA members (left to right) Bekah Rogers, Candace Prather, Randi Emmons, Chloe Roberts and Bethany Densmore to count money raised from Denim Day for the Susan G. Komen Foundation during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Oct. 18, 2006 - At least six area school districts and three businesses participated in this year’s Denim Day, established to raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness campaigns. Another school district, Como-Pickton, was also holding a Denim Day fund raising activity this week, according to Beta Nu member Johnna West who helped coordinate this year’s activities.

Led by the 23 members of Beta Nu, a chapter of the teacher honor society Alpha Delta Kappa, local businesses were challenged to participate by allowing their employees to wear denim on Thursday for a $5 donation. Schools were challenged to get involved, allowing teachers and older students to wear denim for a $5 donation and letting younger students participate for a $1 donation. Pink breast cancer awareness ribbons and pins were also made available to participating businesses and schools.

Saltillo school, where West works, collected $170. Of course, they were by no means the top donors. Sulphur Springs Independent School District raised a whopping $1,075, from its elementary, intermediate and middle school, and another $226 from high school for a total of $1,301. Mount Vernon raised $570, North Hopkins $150, Cumby raised $120 and Miller Grove raised $90.

Galyean Insurance, City National Bank and Alliance Bank had also contacted West to report they, too, had participated in the fund raiser. CNB raised $125, Alliance contributed another $240 and Galyean $150. 

The final local tally for this year isn’t expected to be available until next week after C-P’s Denim Days fund raiser. However, as of Friday night, Beta Nu had collected $3,254 for breast cancer research and awareness, meeting its 2006 goal to exceed the $3,000 the chapter raised last year for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation from Denim Day.

2006 marks at least the fifth consecutive year, Beta Nu members from Hopkins County and bordering county school district have hosted Denim Day to generate awareness for breast cancer awareness and funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Donations may still be made directly to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation any time by mailing them to: The Komen Foundation; 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 250; Dallas, TX 75244.

For more information about the Komen foundation go to:

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