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Group of fifth-grade girls raises money for cancer awareness

By The Herald Staff | 4/16/2014

WILLIAMSBURG — Four Williamsburg girls’ initiative to raise cancer awareness in their community struck a harmonious chord with the public.

Emily Goracke, Paige Smith, Alexandra Coopman and Keira Yohe, founding members of the Girls Against Cancer Club, organized a raffle before the start of Williamsburg Elementary School’s band concert Tuesday night at the school and raised $200.

WILLIAMSBURG — Four Williamsburg girls’ initiative to raise cancer awareness in their community struck a harmonious chord with the public.

Emily Goracke, Paige Smith, Alexandra Coopman and Keira Yohe, founding members of the Girls Against Cancer Club, organized a raffle before the start of Williamsburg Elementary School’s band concert Tuesday night at the school and raised $200.

The girls, all fifth-graders at the school, raised $200 — four times their original goal of $50 — which they plan to donate to the Franklin County Cancer Foundation, Robert Allen, Williamsburg Elementary principal, said.

The group was not part of a school project and was completely student initiated, Allen said. He said he supported the students going out of their way to contribute in a meaningful way.

“It wasn’t school initiated — the girls just kind of initiated it themselves,” Allen said. “It’s totally student initiated. It’s very exciting. I want to encourage them any way I can.”

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