Getting to throw a pie in the face of their favorite school adult was the best prize of all for several Cedar Canyon Elementary students Friday. The school raised more than $3,500 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the process.

Eight students had the opportunity to cover a staff member’s face in whipped cream Friday. The eight were chosen at random from each of the winning classes during a competition to see who could raise the most donations for the organization.

“This is something we can easily offer to the students to brighten their day and remind them that we can still have fun, and it models kindness and helping others,” Cedar Canyon Principal Courtney Bailey said. “We appreciate how generous our student families have been with this effort.”

Mackenzie Lynch, a junior at Carroll High School, was nominated as a 2021 Leukemia and Lymphoma Society candidate for the organization’s Student of the Year Campaign, reaching out to Cedar Canyon, her alma mater, and coming up with the plan for Friday’s event alongside Bailey. Lynch and the school staff incorporated the contest into this year’s spirit week, which included several days that students could dress up and bring in a donation.

“I have many family friends who go to this school. I also went to this school and my brother went to this school, so I knew that I should come back and see if they wanted to help out. I also participated in spirit weeks when I was here, and I know how fun they are. Especially during the pandemic, if we can also help bring some fun to school during the pandemic to the kids, that would be good too,” Lynch said.

The Student of the Year Campaign is a seven-week program, with several local teams comprising students and adults with the goal of raising as much money as possible to aid in the fight against lymphoma, leukemia and other forms of cancer.

“Growing up, I lost one of my best friend’s mothers to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and it was at a very young age. And I also lost a couple months later my other friend’s mom to pancreatic cancer, so I’ve been around cancer a lot. I lost one of grandparents to cancer as well at a young age. So, I think I just knew I wanted to do something about it, and when the opportunity arose I knew I had to say yes,” Lynch said.

Lynch’s fundraising goal is $40,000, and Cedar Canyon and Hickory Center elementary schools have collectively helped her raise more than $6,700. If you would like to donate to her campaign, visit bit.ly/2M5uJh9.

“I hope the kids see the importance of getting involved in the community, and also the support that you receive from the community,” Lynch said. “We have eight teachers here who are willing to get pied by elementary school students to support the campaign. And I also hope they see that no task is too big to take on.”

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