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New Schools vs Cancer program available for elementary engagement

‚ÄčProgram now offers grant-based fundraising incentives.

The recently relaunched Schools vs Cancer program is an elementary fundraising initiative and one of the first opportunities for elementary students to get engaged with the American Cancer Society in a simple, easy and fun way.

We are working to raise $500,000 in new revenue through the new program and spring is a great time to introduce Schools vs Cancer to local districts and elementary contacts. It brings education and community service to classrooms and allows the students to raise funds to help us end cancer as we know it, for everyone. During the campaign, students also learn age-appropriate cancer information and tips to reduce their risk through topics like physical activity, sun safety, good nutrition, and tobacco prevention. 

What does it look like?

Schools vs Cancer is intended to be an engaging experience for students and easy for schools to implement. Schools pick a day on the school calendar to host fun and engaging activities to start a lifelong path to healthier living students. ACS offers multiple ideas to help support fundraising efforts and participating schools also have the opportunity to receive a financial grant based on their total dollars raised.

  • Raise $1,000-$2,499, receive 10% back as a grant
  • Raise $2,500-$4,999, receive 15% back as a grant
  • Raise $5,000+ receive 20% back as a grant

In addition, educational material resources aligned with existing curricula are available for grades 4 and 5 (by request) to help introduce the topic of cancer in a youth-friendly way.

How do new schools get involved? Email schoolsvscancer@cancer.org or visit the cancer.org/schools website to learn more and complete the inquiry form.

For more information on Schools vs Cancer, please reach out to Dillon Ardabell, national director for Youth & College Engagement.


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