Stinson GT students raise cancer awareness

June 17, 2013

Eighth grade gifted and talented students from Stinson Middle School have been working to raise cancer awareness in the community.  As part of their class study of the different types of cancer and treatments, students created 6 public service announcements (PSAs) and hosted a fundraiser for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s South Central Texas chapter. Now that the PSAs are posted on YouTube, their cancer awareness efforts have gone global.

“My students put tremendous passion and work into supporting this worthy cause,” says Stinson GT Teacher JoAnne Johnson. “Not only did they learn about cancer but they were able to spread that awareness throughout our school.”

The group challenged their fellow students to raise $1,000 in a “Pennies for Pasta” penny drive. In five days, they collected over $1,100. The advisory class that raised the most money won lunch from Olive Garden.   

Students interviewed cancer survivors for their PSAs including NISD Pillar of Fairness Crystal Brown-Tatum and Louise Locker, known in San Antonio as Elf Louise for founding the non-profit organization that provides Christmas gifts to needy children.

“We created these PSAs to hopefully teach and inspire,” says 8th grader, Tuan Pham.  “We hope people enjoy them and learn from them. Through education and early detection, we’ll beat cancer.”

Watch the finished PSAs at

For more information about The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit the South Central Texas chapter’s website at