For almost a year now, Diana Streeter, a Fulmont Community Action Agency Headstart teacher who works at the school, has been battling cancer while continuing to work.
Aware of the teacher’s fight, Sydney Eggleston and Alexis Klock – both students in Mrs. Dina Brundage's fifth grade class – approached their teacher with an idea to help make a difference for Miss Streeter.
The girls conceived the idea to have a “Funky Thursday” where students would be welcome to wear fun, mismatched clothing for a day and bring in donations ranging from a penny to a dollar to help offset Miss Streeter’s medical-related expenses. After holding meetings with teachers and administrators to get the necessary permission, Eggleston and Klock stayed after school to organize and promote the event.
On the Thursday before spring break, the girls collected donations from students as they arrived for school in the morning collecting a total of $332.
"I cannot begin to express my appreciation to Sydney and Alexis for organizing this fundraiser. It allowed all students, families and the local community to participate and the response was emotionally overwhelming," Miss Streeter said. "It is the actions of our children that help to pave the road to our futures. I couldn't be more proud or inspired by the generosity of the entire student body, staff and families of D.H. Robbins."
In recognition of their efforts, Eggleston and Klock were awarded the school’s Starfish Award, which is awarded each month to students who make a difference.
The Starfish Awards are based on a poem, “The Old Man and the Starfish,” by Irv Furman.
“The Old Man and the Starfish”
There was a young man walking down a deserted beach just before dawn. In the distance he saw a frail old man. As he approached the old man, he saw him picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea. The young man gazed in wonder as the old man again and again threw the small starfish from the sand to the water. He asked, "Old man, why do you spend so much energy doing what seems to be a waste of time?" The old man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left in the morning sun. "But there must be thousands of beaches and millions of starfish!" exclaimed the young man. "How can you make any difference?" The old man looked down at the small starfish in his hand and as he threw it to the safety of the sea, he said, "I make a difference to this one."