Appomattox County High School varsity cheerleaders

The Appomattox County High School varsity cheerleaders promoted Childhood Cancer Awareness Month during the football game Friday in Bragg Stadium. They wore T-shirts and held a toy drive.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and the Appomattox County High School Cheerleaders are shouting it out.

They are wearing T-shirts specially designed for the event with the slogan, “In September we wear gold.” They also held a toy drive for the UVA Children’s Hospital Educational Program at the Sept. 17 home football game.

“With COVID, they are running out of toys,” explained the cheerleaders’ coach, Jean Bowman. “Each time a child takes a toy out of the room, the child keeps it, as the hospital is not taking them back as a COVID precaution. We wanted to help them out. We got a pretty good haul.”

The cheerleaders also invited the Appomattox Youth Sports cheerleaders — who along with the young football players from the program were honored during halftime at the game — to join them during the third quarter to cheer on the Raiders and get firsthand experience being a cheerleader at the biggest game in town on Friday nights. 

For more about National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and this year’s campaign to see Virginia “Go Gold for kids with Cancer,” visit

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