FRA lower school students recently hosted their second annual Trike-A-Thon benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research hospital in Memphis, Tennessee over the week of May 2, 2022. From the fundraiser, FRA raised over $28,000 for the treatment hospital.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital treats patients twenty-one and under with a disease that is currently under study at the hospital. Once being accepted as a patient at the facility, families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing, food, or other living needs. St. Jude has treated children from all fifty states and from all across the world. Currently, St. Jude Children Research Hospital treatments have increased the childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% in just fifty years.
Franklin Road Academy students are joining this fight against childhood cancer through a week-long service-learning event that teaches students the power they have to help alongside patients in their battle of disease. More than 150 preschool and kindergarten students pedaled in support of the hospital’s mission and philanthropy.
“The students learn bicycle safety lessons provided by St. Jude but, most importantly, they learn a valuable lesson on the importance of helping others. There are a lot of children in our community and even children in our school who have been diagnosed with cancer,” said Susan Emrhein, coordinator of the Trike-A-Thon. “This event is close to our hearts and our students are motivated to do what they can to help. The money we raise goes directly to the patients of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
Our teachers and staff planned and intricate curriculum throughout the week that taught students the value of giving back to their community, while instilling a lifelong passion for service and philanthropy.
During the first year, FRA raised $11,800, but this year we've more than doubled the amount of dollars raised in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.