In a carefully choreographed act of philanthropy between the St. Charles students, their school, their coach, and a store owner, the group managed to go above and beyond with the mindset of raising money for breast cancer awareness, research, and education.
Overseeing three squads of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade cheerleaders and six mascots can’t be an easy feat, but according to Lisa Jordan, St. Charles cheerleading coach for 13 years, the school encourages more than simply team spirit from the girls.
“We try to promote stewardship,” she said.
Following a schoolwide pep rally on Friday to kick off their cause, on Oct. 1 the squad collaborated with Boardman cafe owner Steve Lynch for their second year of working at That’s a Wrap, in the Boardman Plaza.
Working in two-hour shifts from 11 a.m. to close, the cheerleaders prepped and served food, cleaned tables, and braved the gusting rain to sell lollipops with Lynch donating the day’s proceeds to their cause,
“Steve has been a great supporter of the school,” said Jordan, adding that the funding will be added to that of the Annual Pink Ribbon Cheer Classic event to be held on Sunday, Oct. 23 at Youngstown State University. The event is a cheer and dance exhibition to raise funds for Zeta Tau Alpha’s national breast cancer cause, the event has over the years raised more than $500,000. Doors will open at 8 a.m., with performances beginning at 9 a.m. as teams of all age levels and abilities are invited to participate and unite in honor of those affected by breast cancer. There is a small admission for spectators, however all breast cancer survivors can enter free of charge.
Scene II, Act II: weary, cold, and damp, the girls return home from a long days work, satisfied to have done their part in the fight against a disease that touches so many. And that’s a wrap.
Photo by Kathleen Palumbo, Town Crier correspondent
Under the direction of coach Lisa Jordan, the cheerleading squads of St. Charles School recently spent their Saturday hard at work, and intermittently braving the gusting wind, to raise money for breast cancer awareness, research and education.