The children of A+ Children’s Academy are Caroling for Cancer to give back to the community this season. The children are raising money to donate to the OSF Children’s Hospital and to start a scholarship fund in the name of the Academy’s deceased director Nancy Weichmann who lost her battle with cancer earlier this year.
All the children who raise money will have the opportunity to get their names drawn to carol for children at the hospital on December 17th from 9:00 -11:00 a.m. in OSF Children’s Hospital lobby. Half of the money raised will be donated to the hospital. The other half will go to a scholarship fund in Nancy Weichmann’s name.
Nancy was the director of A+ Children’s Academy when it opened in 2008. She passed away this past September when she lost her battle with cancer. “She will be greatly missed. Nancy had a great love for children and what we wanted to do for them through education at our Academy. She helped me build this school. ” says owner Michelle Didesch-Rouland. “She was a great teacher and an even better leader. She fought her cancer with such courage. The children here brightened her daily life.”
The Nancy Weichmann Scholarship Fund is designed to help families who find themselves in a financial rough patch due to illness, or life’s unexpected road bumps. “For example, we had a family with a parent who needed a transplant. We want to support our families and to take some of the financial pressure off during tough times until they can get back on their feet.” states Didesch-Rouland. Families currently enrolled at the school will be able to apply for a percentage of tuition relief if times get rough.
“We want to fight cancer from childhood to adulthood. The children love being able to do something tangible for other children. This is why we picked the Children’s Hospital. They do such a beautiful job for children and families. We love being able to help the hospital as well as assist our families in need.” says Stephanie Wright, the succeeding director of A+ who worked side-by-side with Nancy until she was too fragile and needed to stay home with her family for her last few months.
If you would like to help and donate to Caroling for Cancer, you can contact A+ Children’s Academy at 691-2998.