Renaissance Academy students wear crazy hats for cancer research

Submitted photo Renaissance Academy students and faculty members wear hats for a fundraiser on March 1. Money raised during the hat day was donated to the Get Well Gabby Foundation.

PHOENIXVILLE– On March 1, the Key Club at the Renaissance Academy Charter School organized a school-wide fundraiser to aid research to cure childhood cancer.

Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade who donated a dollar were able to wear their craziest hat to school. Through this event, which was enjoyed and supported by both Renaissance students and teachers, the Key Club was able to raise more than $300.

The money raised will be sent to Get Well Gabby Foundation. This foundation was formed by the parents of Gabriella Vogel who, at the time when she lost her fight with cancer in 2011, was a Phoenixville resident. The mission of this organization is to raise money to help find a cure for pediatric cancer, as well as provide assistance to children and their families who are battling pediatric cancer.

As the Vogel family used to live in Phoenixville, some of the Key Club members actually knew the family.

Allison Campisi, Renaissance Academy teacher and advisor of the Key Club said,”The Key Club students were really excited to be supporting a worthy cause that is not only important on a global scale, but also dear to the heart of someone from our home town.”

Established in 1999, Renaissance Academy is a K-12, award-winning, tuition-free, college prep charter school located in Phoenixville.