A look back: Green Park Lutheran National Junior Honor Society raises money for cancer


Green Park Lutheran School students National Junior Honor Society President Matt Buck, right, and Vice President Katie Huster encouraged fellow Green Park Lutheran students to dress in spirit and support for cancer research in March 2017.

Editor’s note: Schools are closed to visitors and extra activities right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so we thought we’d take a look back at past philanthropic activities at local schools. Here’s a look back at Green Park Lutheran School raising money for cancer in March 2017. 

National Junior Honor Society students at Green Park Lutheran School worked together in spring 2017 to create school spirit and raise funds for cancer research.  

“It was the students’ idea,” said faculty sponsor Ann Ryherd. “I was so proud of their great idea and enthusiasm.”  

NJHS students created posters for the halls, spoke to the student body and encouraged everyone to dress in color for support.  Monday was white/lung cancer, Tuesday — pink/breast cancer, Wednesday — teal/ovarian cancer, Thursday — orange/leukemia, Friday — liver.  

By the end of the week, $1,528.25 was raised and given to research for ovarian cancer.  

The entire week was highlighted even more when teachers found out about the passing of children’s author Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  Rosenthal is the author of wildly popular children’s books like “Chopsticks,” “Little Pea” and “I Wish You More.” She died of ovarian cancer that week.  

“She was so inspiring to kids’ writing.  From the Global Read Aloud to the enthusiasm my class had writing their ‘YES Day!’ books,”  said Beth Meyer, first-grade teacher.

Green Park Lutheran School is located at 4248 Green Park Road, and is a member of the St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA). For information, contact Stephen Eggold, principal, at 314-544-4248, or visit http://greenparklutheranschool.org/.

Green Park Lutheran fourth-grade teacher Brenda Huster talks with students about the family and friends on teal hearts representing ovarian cancer in March 2017.
First-grade students at Green Park Lutheran smile in teal with teacher Beth Meyer as a tribute to children’s author Amy Krause Rosenthal, who died earlier that week in March 2017 of ovarian cancer.