UNION, NJ – Battle Hill School students came together once again in the spirit of giving, this time to the Pinwheel Project in memory of Principal Mark Hoyt’s niece Campbell Hoyt.
“I wanted to create something beautiful to remember an amazing little girl,” said teacher and Student Council advisor Alison Brehm. “Campbell’s bravery and strength was an inspiration. Each student decorating a pinwheel was their colorful way of helping.”
The Team Campbell Foundation was formed in late 2014 in memory of Campbell Hoyt, who courageously battled Anaplastic Ependymoma, a rare cancer of the brain and spine, for 5 years before passing away in August of 2014 at the age of 8. The mission of the foundation is to improve the lives of families facing a childhood cancer diagnosis through raising awareness, funding research and providing psycho-social enrichment opportunities.
The Battle Hill School Student Council purchased a white pinwheel for each student and staff member. During art class, the students had the opportunity to decorate a pinwheel that was displayed on the front yard of Battle Hill beginning Monday, May 6.
Over eighteen-hundred (1,827, to be exact) pinwheels will be displayed on the Battle Hill School lawn for eight days. The eight days commemorate the eight years of Campbell’s life and the 1,827 days she fought cancer.
Monetary donations were submitted by students, parents and staff. As of Thursday, over $700 was donated.
As Greg Hoyt, father of Campbell said, “kids helping kids is a great thing!”
“That’s our mission at Battle Hill,” said Brehm. “We want to teach our students the importance of helping others, in any way they can. Our hope is that their participation in these events will set them on the path to doing good for others throughout their lives.”
The Pinwheel Project believes that during a pediatric hospital stay, children and their loved ones deserve and need an extra layer of comfort and support. They achieve this goal by working to keep spirits higher and stress levels lower. All of their programming is provided at no cost to the kids, families or hospitals regardless of diagnosis, length of stay or ability to pay.
When all possible medical treatment fails, the Pinwheel Project is committed to making sure that the child enjoys the best quality of life possible for whatever time they may have.