GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A local teacher's passion for charity helped inspire an entire school.
Dori Caligiure is a third grade teacher at Jesse Wharton Elementary. She is getting ready to walk 39 miles for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.
"This is a cause very near and dear to my heart. I have friends and family members who have been affected by this disease. Here at the school, I thought maybe we could raise $500. Everyone worked together and raised $1,800, within five days," Caligiure said.
Students collected change from piggy banks, couch cushions and car seats and brought all of it into their classes. The classes that came up with the most money won a pizza party. Marti Darnell, 9, says, "It made me feel good and made me feel proud of myself."
Principal Angella Hauser says, "We turned it into a service learning project. So students can think, 'I'm a smart student, but I'm also a student that loves people.' That makes them feel good about themselves; you can see their energy and excitement."
The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is next weekend in Charlotte.