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Warrendale Wears Pink to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Organization

The joy experienced by Juanamia Kelley during Warrendale Charter Academy’s annual Wear Pink Day this year was touching. Not only was the school raising money to help those affected by breast cancer, but Kelley was thankful to be there to witness the school’s dedication to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
 

“I was so happy we were able to continue our Wear Pink Day fundraiser,” Kelley, an Instructional Paraprofessional, said. “Last year I was in the hospital for three weeks fighting against COVID and I was not able to do the fundraiser.”
 
With help from Elementary Dean Amanda Childress and Office Administrator Deborah Kemp, Kelley partnered with My Sistah’s Pink Journey, an organization founded by breast cancer survivor Dawn Floyd. Floyd visited the school on the special day to talk to students.
 

“Ms. Floyd founded My Sistah's Pink Journey to help women currently dealing with the illness,” Kelley said. “She began making care packages to uplift the spirits of women dealing with chemo and other problems from the illness. Now she helps those that are not able to work and are dealing with financial difficulties.”
 
Students were encouraged to wear pink and donate $1 for the cause. Staff also dressed in pink and donated, including a virtual math teacher who lives out of state.
 

"I was unable to donate in person because I live in Louisiana,” Samantha Barnfield said. “However, given my family's history and my personal involvement in events locally to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research, I felt that donating in any way was the right thing to do. Good luck and God Bless, Ms. Floyd!"
 
Students and staff posed for photos with Floyd and are committed to continue the fight against breast cancer.
 

“Helping others and teaching students to give back to those in need is something I have strived to do since a young age,” Kelley said. “I am very proud of our students that participated in this year's breast cancer awareness fundraiser.”
 

Warrendale Charter Academy is a tuition-free, public charter school in Detroit, Michigan, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes 98 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.