Fremont High School is celebrating homecoming this week. They’ll conclude the week with a dance on Saturday night. But this year they are dressing down for a cause.
The idea started this summer when Zane Zentich realized how many students needed his support.
“One of my friends was diagnosed with cancer last spring. And we all shaved our heads in support for him and we all wanted to take it in one step further,” said Zentich.
Five students at Fremont are battling cancer and Zentich wanted to use the celebrations of Homecoming week to help raise money for their families, starting with the homecoming dance.
“What you would normally spend on a dress or a shirt and tie just go and donate that to the fund,” said Zentich.
To raise more money the school has been selling t-shirts but the idea of supporting fellow classmates continued.
“Our goal was to raise as much money as we could,” said swimming coach Ali Granger.
All week they’ve been selling ribbons that now line the hallways. They are raffling off a chance to pie a teacher and Granger has volunteered to let a student cut her hair.
“I think it shows just how much Fremont is a family school and what we're doing to help out these 5 kids that really are suffering and how we all are the ones standing behind them to give them that hope,” said Granger.
“Not just in a financial stand point but also in raising their spirits and really just urging them to fight on,” said Zentich.
As of Thursday the school had already raised more than $2000 in shirts, raffle tickets and donations.
Students were encouraged to wear the shirts to Friday’s game or to Saturday’s Dance.