Cutting Class: The St. Baldrick’s Story of Christian Academy of Louisville Rock Creek
Cutting Class: The St. Baldricks Story of Christian Academy of Louisville Rock Creek is a story that comes from the hearts of children to help others afflicted with childhood cancer. These students experienced the devastation of cancer first hand when one of their own was diagnosed with hepatoblastama, a rare childhood cancer. She had chemotherapy treatment and as a result, her hair fell out. Her fellow students and teachers rallied around her by participating in St. Baldricks Day at their school. With a goal of $10,000 to be raised, these energetic and caring children, teachers, and parents raised over $33,000 for research to cure childhood cancers!
When popular children’s book authors, Martin & Delia Wach, gave a writing and illustrating workshop as part of the Headline Books School Show Program at Rock Creek Campus in Louisville, KY they became engulfed in the story of love and outreach by the school. The result is a proud collaboration between the students, their teachers, the Wachs and Headline Books. During their school visit, the Wachs wondered why there were so many bald students. After hearing the children s stories, the Wachs approached Principal Marilyn James with the idea of the children writing a book about their experiences. Using the Wachs book, An Adventure in Writing as a guide, the students and the Wachs had a brain storming session and it was decided the story line would be about a newspaper writer who is down on his luck. The students wrote interviews based on their own experiences with St. Baldricks. Delia Bowman Wach, noted artist and illustrator, also worked with the children teaching them how to illustrate their stories for the book. Authoring a book is something these students will never forget. They began their book project in September 2007 and worked diligently through December to complete the project. Now, not only are they in the news…they are in the Library of Congress! The strongest motivation to work on this project is to help raise more awareness and funds for the St. Baldricks Foundation. The school plans to donate 100% of their net income to the St. Baldricks Foundation.