STPA Donates $5,000 to Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Clinic
South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) in Edinburg, part of South Texas Independent School District (STISD), and its Parent-Student-Teacher-Organization (PSTO) recently donated $5,000 raised through a campus event to the local Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Clinic in McAllen.
The campus and its PSTO began a new tradition in November of 2014 – the Spartan Olympics Day – to raise awareness of health and wellness for all. It encouraged all students to take control of their wellbeing by making healthy choices.
The event encouraged all administrators, faculty members, students and families to come together for the purpose of giving back to the community and helping a local organization – Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Clinic – which is currently providing assistance to one of STPA’s very own.
Located in McAllen, the clinic serves the needs of South Texas children by supporting cancer-related patient care services and programs and cancer research and education.
Students raised close to $10,000 in sponsorships from the 5K walk/run, and PSTO raised close to $14,000 in donations from local business sponsorships. Half of the sponsorship from the 5K walk/run was committed to the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Clinic.
Six STPA students proudly presented the check of $5,000 to the clinic. While there, they also received a behind-the-scenes look at the clinic.
STPA and its PSTO plan to continue the Spartan Olympics Day tradition – with expanded activities – during the 2015-2016 school year and beyond.