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Madison Co. third graders crazy for a cure

In the third grade most students are just trying to master their lessons like reading and math.

In her monthly Think Pink segment Amber Philpott sat down with four young girls in Madison County who are making the grade when it comes to thinking outside the textbook and helping others.

Everyday Garry Gay sets out to not only teach his third graders at Silver Creek Elementary in Berea, but also inspire them.

Little did he know a book about a young girl with cancer would spark a movement.

"They went beyond the classroom, we teach math, and reading, but these kids have become little adults," said third grade teacher Garry Gay.

Gay is talking about four little girls in his classroom who have one really big plan.

Taylor Wininger, Chayse McCreath, Kylee Cameron and Emily Biggs are more than just classmates and friends, they actually share a bond.

Each of the girls have a loved who has been touched by cancer.

"Well the reason why I thought it was so important is because my grandma has lung cancer," said third grade student Emily Biggs.

Taylor and Emily's grandmothers are battling cancer right now.

When Emily and Taylor along with Chayse and Kylee listened to Mr. Gay read a book about helping others with cancer, they were moved.

The girls chose to raise money for breast cancer and help Susan G. Komen.

"At school we would sell stuff to kids, like breast cancer pins and pencils," said third grade student Chayse McCreath.

"The next I see they come to me and say we want to do a fundraiser and I said what, where did that come from," said Gay.

The girls slogan is crazy for a cure and it inspired a week of fundraising at their school.

The girls planned crazy hair day, crazy pajama day, and others like it, but to participate you had to pay!

"The girls would go down everyday and hype it up and say thank you," said Gay.

The girls hard work paid off, in just a few weeks they raised $1600 for breast cancer research and care.

"It feels like we are making such a difference cause," said Kylee Cameron.

The girls are in a class of their own, mastering a lesson not always taught in a book, but one the girls have certainly made the grade on when it comes to reaching out and helping others.

Since shooting this story the girls have actually raised nearly $2200.

For their efforts the girls have each been given a Commonwealth Citation of Appreciation from the Kentucky General Assembly.

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