GLEN ROSE — When the Glen Rose FCCLA began its Bringing the Silver for the Gold chapter service project in September to heighten awareness about childhood cancer, it had the goal to raise $1,000.

Now, just over two months in, the ongoing project has well exceeded that original goal.

“I am beyond proud of these students for taking the initiative with their ideas and wanting to make a positive difference in our community,” said Glen Rose FCCLA chapter advisor Jill Lawson. “We all have been affected by childhood cancer in some way, and they are raising awareness and funds to help combat this devastating disease.”

Members Jordin Voss, Ashlynn Perry and Colin Beatty are leading the project, and they started raising awareness and funds by working the concession stand for a JV volleyball tournament in September, earning close to $300.

Since then, the number continued to climb.

They also participated in a pep rally and football game where they hung gold balloons, streamers, posters and gold wooden ribbon, and took up collections in the stands. They also spoke to their peers and community members in attendance about childhood cancer and their mission to raise awareness and money, and they held class competitions. 

“They have plans to bless some of the families that have children currently battling cancer or have been affected by cancer through a couple of ideas that they have,” Lawson said. “They also will be delivering the funds that they collected.”

Voss, Perry and Beatty will also be presenting this project for a Chapter Service Project competitions at the Region II FCCLA conference in Waco in February.

Donations are still being accepted, and they can be dropped off at the high school office labeled GRHS FCCLA Childhood Cancer Awareness Project, or checks made out to the GRHS FCCLA can be mailed to the office at P.O. Box 2129, Glen Rose, TX, 76043.