Lady Bear organizing fundraiser for pediatric cancer research

| November 16, 2017

WARSAW – Mallory Giffin is pulling together her classmates and teammates for her service project.

The River View High School senior is in Stephanie Snyder’s teen leadership class and is a captain on the Lady Bears basketball team. After attending a teen leadership conference and hearing about Kick It, a kick ball tournament that raises money for pediatric cancer research, she decided she wanted to do something to help. The idea she came up with is to ask for pledges that will be based on the number of wins the girls’ basketball team gets this season.

“When I talked to my teammates they were really excited and instantly started giving me ideas,” Giffin said. “They’ve been real supportive and shared information on their social media sites.”

In addition to make pledges, people also can make a one-time donation or place contributions in containers at games.

“I wanted to help get support for the basketball team too so that’s why we are going to have donation buckets there too,” Giffin said.

She is very appreciative of everyone who has helped her get this project started.

“Mrs. Snyder has helped me a lot and so has Mrs. Davis with the boosters, Mr. Rinkes with the staff and Kendra Whiteus with the Den Initiative,” Giffin said. “I really want to make a difference in people’s lives and change the world.”

If you can’t make it to a Lady Bears game to make a donation, go online and visit

Snyder said this is just one of many projects students in her class are involved with. They also are planning a night of service to work on several community projects, a Christmas celebration for the school, military care packages and other activities.

“The purpose of the teen leadership class it to help them learn leadership skills and to be servants by giving back to the community or anyone else who needs help,” Snyder said.

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