MARQUETTE - Cindy DePetro sent her students from the Marquette Alternative High School in search of pop cans Thursday to raise funds for their WE CARE Program. WE CARE raises money to help women with the cost of breast cancer treatments.
DePetro is confident the students surpassed their $500 goal even before counting the numerous bags of cans the students brought in.
"We just wanted to let the community know that we care," DePetro said. "Look at what these kids did today ... They came with their pink ... They did each others' nails and hair."
Students made the symbolic pink ribbon design using their bodies Thursday in the Graveraet gym.(Journal photo by Sylvia Stevens)
MAHS junior Shawn Harry, left, and his brother Anthony Harry Jr., right, return with bags full of cans for the can drive. (Journal photo by Sylvia Stevens)
Marquette Alternative High School teacher Cindy DePetro is seen Thursday at the school’s MAHS WE CARE Can Drive, with proceeds going to fight breast cancer. (Journal photo by Sylvia Stevens)
Ishpeming High School junior Alec VanHorn dyed his mohawk pink for the Ishpeming Hematities second annual Paint the Bleachers Pink — Kick off to Breast Cancer Awareness night Thursday in Ishpeming. (Journal photo by Adelle Whitefoot)
The students canvassed Marquette for an hour asking homeowners and businesses to donate their pop cans. Some students came back to the school with only a few cans but others like junior Shawn Harry brought back bags full.
WE CARE is important to Harry because his mother is a breast cancer survivor. When she started chemotherapy, it was hard for Shawn and his siblings to see her so tired and upset.
"It's not easy going through chemo and it costs a lots of money," Harry said. "Us kids were just trying to keep her happy through everything."
Sylvia Stevens can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 240.