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Santa Maria school marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

It was time to Brave the Shave in Santa Maria Thursday morning as students, faculty and staff at Taylor Elementary School marked Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

Students flocked around the outdoor multi-purpose stage on campus to watch school administrators, teachers, coaches and members of the community shave their heads to help raise money for the worthwhile cause.

“We’re teaching them truly about childhood cancer, it’s about compassion and understanding and being supportive of those who are going through difficult things”, said Taylor School Assistant Principal Jillian Jorde, “we’re also teaching them about community, that what we do is coming together, it’s not just about coming to school to come to school, but it’s truly about being citizens and being part of the community.”

It was also crazy hair day for Taylor School students to show their support for the shavee’s and as part of a month-long fundraising campaign to benefit the Sam Jeffers Foundation of Grover Beach which raises money for childhood cancer research.

“We have had tremendous community support”, Jorde said, “we had multiple small businesses call in and make donations, both toward the Shave and to the Sam Jeffers Foundation, we had a local business member come in and do the shave with us today because he wanted the kids to be able to see that it goes beyond the walls of the school.”

Taylor School students,faculty and staff have been raising money all month long with coin drives and pledges to help the fight against childhood cancer.

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