MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Students at South Middle School recently presented a gift of more than $3,400 to Bonnie’s Bus, a mobile mammography program operated by their partner in education, the West Virginia University Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.  The money came from the school’s first Connect-athon fundraiser in May, during which students sold cups and held a run and walk at the school.
“You’ve done a very wonderful thing,” Kay Ling, a mammographer for Bonnie’s Bus, said as she accepted a check from South Middle students. “You are helping us to keep the wheels turning so that we can continue traveling across West Virginia and providing mammograms to every woman who needs one, even if they don’t have insurance.”

Ling was also presented with a framed drawing created by student Maddie Spruill, whose artwork was featured on T-shirts that the school sold as part of the Connect-athon fundraiser.

South Middle School and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center have been partners in education since 2000. The Partnerships in Education Program is a statewide initiative linking schools and students with businesses and organizations in the community in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship.  

The Cancer Center uses the partnership as an educational opportunity to raise cancer awareness among students and to nurture their interest in cancer research. Over the years, cancer experts from WVU have made presentations to students on the negative effects of tobacco use and participated in the school’s Technology Night.  South Middle brings a community service aspect to the partnership and with the latest donation has raised more than $8,400 to benefit patients at the Cancer Center.

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Kay Ling, a mammographer on Bonnie’s Bus, is presented a check totaling more than $3,400 from South Middle School students, who raised the money during their first annual Connect-athon to benefit the Bus.
For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
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