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Think Globally, Act Locally—KDES Students Jump Rope for Cancer

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The third, fourth, and fifth grade students of Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) decided to take on a project that would make a difference. For the second quarter of this year, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students wanted to combine their study of various types of cancer with a fundraiser in honor of members of their families and the school community whose lives have been affected by the disease.

At KDES, students share what they have learned over the course of each quarter at an expo. Families and guests are invited to observe student presentations on a wide variety of topics. For this project, the students came up with the idea to combine the presentations for the second quarter expo with a Jump Rope for Cancer fundraiser.

"We assigned the cancer research topics at age-appropriate levels," said teacher Lisa Pershan. "The third graders studied skin and brain cancer, the fourth graders researched bone and lung cancer, and the fifth graders presented on colon and breast cancer." The students found out why people get cancer, reviewed statistical data on who gets specific types of cancer and the survival rate, and learned about symptoms and treatment.

The students set up their Expo event in the gym. At different stations around the perimeter of the gym, the students displayed their research information. As family members and guests toured the display area, each student made a brief presentation and responded to questions. Meanwhile, in the center of the gym, students who collected sponsorships for the fundraiser jumped, and jumped, and jumped. The funds the students raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society.