Little Rock students raise money for breast cancer awareness, research

LITTLE ROCK (KATV)- A remarkable group of middle school students honored Breast Cancer Awareness Month Thursday by raising more than $1,000.

Forest Heights students organized a walk-a-thon to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. They asked for $2/mile and quickly ended up hitting their goal of $1,000.

Teachers said the fundraiser was completely student-driven.

"Middle school is an age where they are transitioning from being small children to being positive role models and AVID is trying to develop those skills," said Christine Mignot-Bugeya with the Little Rock School District.

The AVID program Mignot-Bugeya referred to is the Advanced Via Individual Determination program. AVID is a targeted program meant to help raise test scores to increase the number of students who get accepted into college as well as build a foundation to help students succeed when they get to college.

Teachers said this was the first time Forest Heights Middle School reached out to the community on such a large scale.