Cayman Prep High School students and teachers have raised more than $3,500 for the Cancer Society by holding a Mad Hatter’s tea party.
A team of creative parents, teachers and students dressed in hats of all shapes and sizes, and showed off their headwear in the school’s auditorium, which had been transformed into Wonderland.
Sipping make-believe tea and scoffing cookies, cupcakes and cucumber sandwich, students delighted in the activity as the Mad Hatter, played by Matthew Williams, ran them round in circles.
“At Cayman Prep and High School, we believe that a valuable part of a student’s education is in giving to others. As such, all students participate in the ‘Go MAD’ community service program – Go Make a Difference,” said Arthurlyn Pedley, the school’s careers advisor.
The school, Mrs. Pedley said, encourages students to individually participate in community service events and each year organizes a day for the whole school to be involved in.
The Mad Hatter’s tea party came about this year after students read that the Cancer Society were holding a ‘Tea for HPV’ and, of course, the Mad Hatter fits nicely into that theme.
Last year’s Superhero fundraiser day raised $1,800 for the NCVO, and the challenge this year was to raise funds for the Cancer Society. The money raised will go towards the Cancer Society’s new chemotherapy unit.
“Cancer is the leading cause of deaths and it’s important to give towards research that might lead to eventually finding a cure”, said student Leanna. “Just about everyone will be affected by cancer at some stage, and by giving we’ll be helping many people we know”, said pupil Ebonee. “Everyone is entitled to health care, and if they cannot afford it, it should be provided for them,” added student Piers.
From a teacher’s point of view, Mrs. Pedley said: “As a school, we are committed to growing caring, responsible citizens and we feel that it’s important for our students to know about the needs in society and to be actively involved in ‘making a difference’ every opportunity they can.”