Shikellamy 7th graders raise $4,884 for PACFI

Shikellamy 7th graders in Joselle DeRemer’s Communication Arts classes raised $4,884 for Pennsylvania Cystic Fibrosis Inc. (PACFI) in their annual Spelling Challenge. DeRemer teaches a unit about tolerance and disabilities and she focuses on cystic fibrosis (CF). The students then spend two weeks fundraising while studying 100 of the most common misspelled words at their grade level.

“It’s the largest amount we’ve ever raised and the students did a fantastic job,” DeRemer said.

Jahred Burgess raised $611, which is the largest amount raised by a single student since the fundraiser began 13 years ago.

Students can earn gift cards of various amounts if they raise certain amounts of money, and Kyler Balliet raised $328 but he didn’t accept gift cards. He wanted all the money to go to PACFI.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever had a student donate his gift card money back to PACFI,” DeRemer said. DeRemer’s classes have raised almost $40,000 for PACFI since the Spelling Challenge began 13 years ago.

Earlier this year, Shikellamy teachers raised $465 for PACFI through a dress-down day.

Other fundraisers benefiting PACFI this month include a Dance for a Cure at the VFW in Bedford that raised $2,600.

Fundraisers running through the end of May include Elizabeth Loss’ 31 Fundraiser at and Jamie Parson’s Tastefully Simple fundraiser at Both fundraisers also can be seen on Facebook.

PACFI is an independent, nonprofit, all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that provides supports and services for Pennsylvania individuals and families affected by cystic fibrosis (CF) and funds some of the nation’s most progressive CF research.