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The American Cancer Society Schools vs. Cancer program brings fundraising, education and community service to your child's elementary classroom in a fun and exciting way.

Reducing the risk for cancer can start at any age.

The American Cancer Society Schools vs. Cancer program helps your child and family start on a lifelong path to healthier living. The program educates students over how to reduce their chance of getting cancer through: healthy eating, sun safety, physical activity, and tobacco prevention. Educational materials and resources will be provided that align with your school’s existing curricula while also introducing the topic of cancer in a youth friendly way.


While learning healthy habits, students can fundraise for the American Cancer Society and benefit their school while doing so! Schools enrolled in Schools vs. Cancer can receive grants based on their fundraising total to use on items the school may need, for example new gym equipment, sun safety area outside, sunscreen stations, student incentives, etc.

Raise $1,000-$2,499, receive 10% back as a grant 

Raise $2,500-$4,999, receive 15% back as a grant

Raise $5,000+ receive 20% back as a grant


PARENTS: Why should my student participate?

Elementary Schools can host Schools vs. Cancer activities in an one-hour program or up to a two-day campaign! Activities can include a 25-minute walk around the school, healthy outdoor picnic,  or sunscreen stations at recess.

Lesson Plans for grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th are available through your ACS staff partner.
Fundraising can come easy. Encourage competition between classrooms where the winning class gets a water balloon fight with the teachers! See more tips & ideas on how to kick-start fundraising within the classroom.
Explaining cancer to a young student can be difficult. See the “Kid’s Guide to Cancer” to help.


Students can use the Fundraising Pledge Form to keep track of their neighbors & family’s pledges for the ACS.

Wall of Hope Cards are an easy and great way to fundraise. We recommend you charge at least $1.00 to have a name written on a card. Then hang them in a well seen spot in your school. 

Use this template to recognize participation or fundraising efforts!

Please email [email protected] for questions or support.

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