Every year, the Peoria Unified School District holds an event where students and faculty across the district, high school to elementary, participate in supporting their local community. Purple Day is an annual event where students and faculty alike get decked out in their finest purple gear to raise awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society.
During the school day, buckets are available to collect donations and raise as much money as each class can to be presented to the Relay For Life of Glendale and Relay For Life of Peoria in April.
“We are grateful for all the participation by students and staff across the district in recognition of Purple Day,” said Steve Savoy, administrator for K-12 Academic Services, Peoria Unified School District. “Peoria Unified is happy to support the cause to have one person, give one dollar, to get one step closer to eliminating cancer. We hope to have a wide variety of participants at the Relay for Life in Peoria and Glendale during April,” Savoy said.
In 2014, PUSD raised over $12,000 in Purple Day proceeds which was split between the Glendale and Peoria Relays.
"We are very excited to see the outcome of this year's Purple Day donations and truly appreciate all the support that the students and faculty show the American Cancer Society year after year," said Kali Knaack, event lead, Relay For Life of Glendale.
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
The Relay For Life of Glendale will be held April 18 at Ironwood High School starting at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more event information or to make a donation, visit www.RelayFor Life.org/GlendaleAZ.