Pre-schoolers dressed up for a special cause Friday at Central United Methodist Church Daycare. In a tradition started six years ago, the children collect money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which specializes in childhood cancers, then they parade in downtown Meridian, to help raise awareness for finding a cure.
"What they're doing is going to help other children. They have seen a film clip of children at St. Jude's and a little bit about what goes on with those children," said daycare director Glenda Thomas. "And it was a very positive film, but what they noticed was bald heads and wanted to know about that. I think it's good for them to learn at an early age to help others."
Each class comes up with a theme and brings it to life in a fun way.
"So I picked 'Somewhere over the Rainbow, There is a Cure.' Because I know there's got to be a cure somewhere. We just have to keep searching, just like the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, there is a cure," said teacher, Teresa McCary.
And in their unique way, the kids understand why they're doing this.
"Why are we doing this?" asked a teacher to a group of youngsters.
"It's for Saint Children's!" they yelled back.
Others thought the money is for "Aunt Judy," but it reminds those of us who are a lot older that a cure for cancer is possible.