A favorite Fairport tradition is Brotherhood-Sisterhood Week. During this week, memories are made that stay with Fairport alumni long after they graduate. The 2019 week was the 24th annual and the theme was C.A.R.E. Makes a Difference. No week has ever wrapped up the way this week has – with $35,018 donation to local charities and a surprise performance by a rising country music star.
Festivities kicked off with the Fairport High School Family Talk Assembly on March 25 and continued throughout the week. The final day of the week, March 29, was Elementary Outreach Day, which is an opportunity for older students to disperse to the elementary schools and connect with younger students.
At the end of Friday, the closing assembly wrapped the events up and included the Make a Difference check presentation and a surprise performance by Claudia Hoyser. Hoyser is a Fairport alumna who is pursuing a country music career.
The Make a Difference campaign is intended to build the students’ and community’s resiliency, hope and altruism. This year’s beneficiaries were Golisano Children’s Hospital and CURE Childhood Cancer Association. The selection of these charities was inspired by multiple Fairport families who have direct ties to childhood cancer.
Funds were raised through donations and the purchase of Make a Difference t‐shirts and bracelets. The shirts and bracelets were donated by Crazy Dog T‐Shirts and were sold online and at Fairport events.Fairport schools, clubs and teams also raised funds through annual events and special campaigns. Athletics teams encouraged donations in honor of a teammate battling cancer.
Schools based coin drives around the Make a Difference campaign. All throughout the district, the community came together to support those battling childhood cancer.