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Cicero Elementary School Raises Money for Local Charity with Close Connection

Throughout the month of February, students and staff at Cicero Elementary School donned their guardian angel wings in support Griffin’s Guardians, a local charity with a very close connection. Griffin's Guardians is a recognized nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing support and financial assistance to Central New York children battling cancer. The organization’s namesake, Griffin, was a former student at Cicero Elementary School and has had a tremendous and lasting impact on the community and school district.
Through the campaign entitled “Change for Hope” the school community raised a total of $6, 842 for Griffin’s Guardians. 2022 is the second year the school has held the campaign for the charity. Organized by Cathy Siechen, the fundraiser is designed to be a friendly “competition” to honor the former student’s cause and raise money to support children who are now battling the disease that took Griffin’s life much too soon.
Cathy’s entire family has supported Griffin’s Guardians in various ways over the years . Cathy’s husband, Rob, is the head coach of the Cicero-North Syracuse High School girls’ basketball team and has gotten his players involved in supporting the organization. This year, the team had “Forever a Northstar” t-shirts made to raise money.
Cathy said, “This is one of those organizations that you hope as a parent you never need to rely on, but if the "unthinkable" happens to your family, you realize quickly how much they do to support families dealing with cancer in our community.”
Pictured above: Cicero Elementary School Principal Kathy Wheeler, Brittany Herliski-Gilbert, Bea Spiker, Nina Purkiss, Beth Silfer, Melissa Figueroa, Cathy Siechen
Stacy Peffley, the mom of twin third-grade boys at the school, shared photos saying, “I am beyond proud of how Cicero Elementary shows that other people matter. Every grade level raised over $1,000 with the third grade bringing in the most money.”
Cicero Elementary School Principal Kathy Wheeler commented on the fundraiser saying, “Griffin was an amazing student with a wonderful family and we are happy to support their mission. Thank you so much to all the supporters for helping us honor the Engle family.”