It’s Elementary by Brandy Blanton

We are off to a great start with our Box Tops! I have already submitted our first bundle of Box Tops. We submitted around 6,000 box tops for the first submission! Once the company receives our Box Tops, our school will receive a check from General Mills. We can use this cash to buy things that our school needs. We are still collecting Box Tops and will be collecting them all year long. Here are some optional tips that will make the next submission process easier –

• Bundle your Box Tops in bunches of 10 or 50 • Use a collection sheet – students may get one from their teacher or parents can go to BTFE.com to download one • Let me know the total number of Box Tops your child is submitting

Thank you in advance for you support! The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is currently organizing their annual fundraiser. We have decided to sell their paper dolls. You may purchase either a boy or a girl for $1.00 each. Your child’s name will be written on the doll and displayed in the office. Please feel free to purchase dolls for other family members as well.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that occurs when a child inherits two copies of the defective CF gene- one from each parent. It causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus, which clogs the airways and leads to life-threatening lung infections. The thick CF mucus also obstructs the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to break down and digest food. Approximately 30,000 children and young adults in the United States have Cystic Fibrosis. In 1955, when the CF Foundation was established, children with CF did not live to attend elementary school. Today, thanks to wise investments made by the CF Foundation in innovative research and comprehensive care, the median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30’s. The CF Foundation is very cost efficient, with 91 cents of every dollar raised being available for investment in the vital CF research. Now, for the first time ever, CF research opportunities are being presented at a pace that is exceeding the CF Foundation’s ability to fund them. In order to fund this vital research, as much money as possible needs to be raised for the Foundation. Your support will be greatly appreciated! If you have any questions on how you can donate money or purchase a doll to help support Cystic Fibrosis, please contact Fair Elementary at 662-773-5946 or Brandy Blanton,RN,BSN (school nurse) at 662-773-5854. Thank you again for your support!

The Fair Elementary Americorp members sponsored a Cancer Awareness luncheon on Saturday, October 27th, 2012. The luncheon was for cancer patients and survivors. This luncheon was a part of the USA Weekend Magazine “Make A Difference Day.” This is the largest day of putting someone else’s needs ahead of your own and making a difference in their lives. There were several cancer survivors who gave their testimony about their journey; these survivors said that constant prayer and a strong support group of friends and family is what helped them survive through each day. The keynote speaker was Mrs. Shae’ Davis, RN. Mrs. Davis provided insightful information about the importance of getting a yearly mammogram and the correct way to perform a monthly home self-examination. The Americorp members put on a paper hat show for the audience and played several fun-filled games. Each survivor and patient had the opportunity to choose a beautiful scarf and hat that were donated by the children and staff of Fair Elementary. We would like to say a special Thank You to the following people and businesses that helped make this luncheon a success: Wal-Mart, Beck Funeral Home, Rives and Reynolds, Cash and Save, Jerry’s Flower Shop, Fran’s Florist, Lake-Tiak- O’Khata, Luigi’s, Cathy’s Chicken Basket, Bertha’s Fashions Boutique, Subway, Silver Goose, Mrs. Serena Thompson, First Unity United Methodist Church, Just Teasin, Chief Claiborne, Mayor Will Hill, Chamber of Commerce, Whimsical Wicks, Mrs. Cindy Baker, Uptown Lily, Billy Gene McNeel, Penny’s From Heaven, Zak’s, Stephanie Shenanigan’s, Mrs. Wren Ruth,the Pack Rat, and the Staff, Children, and Parents of Fair Elementary. Thank you all for your generous donations and support!

Fair Elementary is participating in Relay For Life on May 31st, 2013. We will be having various fundraisers between now and May 2013 to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Our first fundraiser is our “Loose Change” Fundraiser; students can bring loose change that is lying around the house to their homeroom. Whichever class brings in the most change by April will win a pizza party. All money collected from our fundraisers will go to the American Cancer Society. We will keep you updated on the variety of fundraisers that we will have to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

DATES TO REMEMBER: November 5th thru 9th – National Book Week November 9th – Kindergarten field trip to the pumpkin patch Thanksgiving Holiday – the week of the 19th – 23rd.