Purple isn’t just for October!

by | November 8, 2019 11:39 am

by WHITLEY CLIFTON

What if I told you having a seizure doesn’t mean you have epilepsy? I’m not a doctor, but what if I told you that wearing purple isn’t just for promoting Domestic Violence Awareness Month? What if I told you that local students have a chance to win a special treat just for helping raise awareness for epilepsy?

At the age of 10, AnnaKade Clemens, 11th grader at David Emanuel Academy, was diagnosed with epilepsy. Through trial and error, she and her family have learned to live with the diagnosis and have come to understand that this diagnosis can eventually go away on its own. Though its presence is still seen at her annual EEG, it hasn’t slowed her down and she continues to raise awareness so that others can be more knowledgeable and help find more answers about the condition.

As of last year, Clemens began a 4-H research project on a subject she knows well—epilepsy.

In doing so, she won first place with a fair booth presentation and will perform a public speech in February on the topic. In addition to this, Clemens promoted awareness at her school last year by incorporating a purple dress-down day for students. She also supplied buckets to each classroom and organized a competition to see which class could raise the most money to donate to the Georgia Epilepsy Foundation. She also placed first aid posters in the hallways to raise awareness as well as promoted her change challenge with a pizza party for the winners. (She purchased the treats out of her own personal money, by the way.)

Her efforts did not go unnoticed as her donations were matched by a local business in support of her mission. This year, her acts have been acknowledged county-wide.

Clemens is pleased to announce her change challenge will now be promoted in all schools in Emanuel County, and she encourages all businesses to jump on board as well!

Donation jars have been prepared and distributed for each homeroom class in Swainsboro, Twin City, and Stillmore schools. She’s also adding an additional twist this year for the class who raises the most funds. I’ll give you a hint—pizza or pastry?

Throughout the month of November, change buckets will be present in each classroom and the winning class will have the option of a pizza lunch or a breakfast pastry party! This year’s awareness campaign will also feature a dress-down day, where students can pay $1 to dress down and wear purple on November 21.

On this day, the donations will be collected, and the winning class will be announced after Thanksgiving break, but it doesn’t just stop in the schools! Clemens asks that all locals wear purple on Thursday, November 21, and help in raising funds throughout this month!

Donation buckets are being offered to interested businesses who want to participate, and donations to aid in Clemens’ project can be mailed to AnnaKade Clemens, C/O The Blade, at 416 West Moring Street, Swainsboro, GA, 30401. All checks are to be made payable to The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia.

For additional information, contact The Blade at 478-237-9971 to inquire about ways to assist Clemens with her project!

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