SUBMITTED BY MENA HIGH SCHOOL –
While Ashton Shores, Mena High EAST student, was researching project ideas online, she ran across some chemo care packages. Realizing this would be a perfect opportunity to team up with EAST Cancer Awareness Week, only a week away, she quickly began her research on cancer in our area. Finding out that three patients a week are diagnosed with cancer in Polk County alone, she realized how this could impact the community. Mena EAST students quickly designed a flyer to list items needed and put the word out on social media. EAST asked Bearcats for a Cure to collaborate with us on this drive. We also asked the MHS FACS class to join us in making organic blueberry granola bars to give to the patients that receive chemo in Mena. During EAST Cancer Awareness Week, we began the Bearcat Chemo Care Package drive. We had a tremendous response from the community and put together over 150 packages, exceeding our goal of 100. The bags were given to Clarice’s Room of Hope to be distributed to local patients. “I am so grateful for the response of the students and community members for the outpouring of items donated. I hope to further our efforts in donating to local patients fighting cancer.” stated Ashton Shores. Mena EAST and Bearcats for A Cure want to thank all of the faculty and students that participated as well as the community for their donations. We would also like to send a special thank you to Rich Mountain Rehab and Nursing Home for their generous contributions.