A couple months ago, Kelly Lance, our Service and Scholarship Coordinator, had asked me to speak to Patapsco Middle School about the Ulman Cancer Fund. They were to complete a Service Learning Project called Patapsco’s Promise over the course of 3 months. As a part of this project, Patapsco Middle 8th graders were charged with learning about cancer, what it meant to them, and how they could help in the FIGHT! They needed someone from the Ulman Cancer Fund to come speak to them at the end of the project to help them understand how their project was helping the fund. Not being a professional public speaker, and not really having any experience talking with kids, it was a little nerve wrecking to think I would be speaking to 8th graders. But what the heck…throw me to the wolves!
So this morning, I had the privilege to go speak to 212 8th graders! Yup, 212 14 year-olds who were only hours away from going on Spring Break. I thought this could possibly be disastrous but, to say the least, I was totally blown away! On top of raising about $2,000 for UCF, they were so energetic, eager to hear about how they had made a difference, and very thankful that I had come in to recognize what they had done over the past couple months.
All I can say is, THANK YOU to the staff and 8th grade class of Patapsco Middle School for helping the Ulman Cancer Fund in the FIGHT! Keep up the awesome work!