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Students Donate Nearly 400 Books To Children Battling Cancer

CONSTANTIA – Aurora A. Cole Elementary School students and staff members recently donated 397 new books to Griffin’s Guardians so children battling cancer in Central New York can enjoy a quite escape while they receive treatment.

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Principal Michael Smolnik, left, explains to students how four boxes of books they donated to Griffin’s Guardians will comfort local children battling cancer. At right are Emily Squirs and Erin Engle, mother of Griffin Engle who died from a rare brain cancer in 2014.

Principal Michael Smolnik said he was pleased with the success of a recent book drive, which showed just how much A.A. Cole cares about its community.

For their efforts, each student received a Griffin’s Guardians sticker to put on their reading folder or favorite book at home.

Griffin’s Guardians is a local nonprofit organization that raises awareness of childhood cancers and funds to assist families during their child’s cancer treatments.

The organization was named in honor of Griffin Engle, who died at the age of seven in September 2014 after a battle with a rare form of brain cancer.

The A.A. Cole donations were picked up by Griffin’s mother, Erin Engle, during a character education assembly at the school. Engle, who happens to be a friend of a school faculty member, was joined by friend Emily Squirs.

The book drive’s purpose demonstrated just how much the elementary school prides itself on encouraging students to soar with character, as it helped highlight respect, responsibility, caring, cooperation and citizenship, among other traits.

During the assembly, several students also received a classroom character trait award for showing honesty throughout the month of March.