Published: Dec 06, 2013 4:41 PM EST
Updated: Dec 06, 2013 6:37 PM EST

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - Mustaches for a Cure is the brainchild of one Charlotte County fifth grader, hoping to raise money for kids with cancer.

Liberty Elementary students aren't old enough to grow actual facial hair, but Friday, they wore them with pride.

"Everyone was screaming at me, 'Can I get one?' And they were all going crazy and were like, 'Can I get a mustache please?'," said Karina Dantin.

Karina is the classmate behind the mustache madness. The fifth grader said she wanted to come up with a fun way to raise money for children battling cancer.

"If we can just make, just a little bit of money to give to them, and they can, like, pay for their chemo therapy and stuff like that...it's just awesome," she said.

So, with the help of her mom, they made hundreds of gold and black ribbon pins and started selling them to students, parents and teachers this week.

"I would go, like, 'If you bring $1 then you get a pin and you get to draw it on.' And they were like, 'Really?' And their eyes just popped out when I said they could draw it on," she added.

"My husband was watching me draw my mustache on this morning and he says, 'What are you doing?'," Christine Wilkens said.

Liberty teacher Christine Wilkens helped Karina organize the fundraiser.  She says the entire school is impressed with the effort.

"It's just been really exciting to see a student take charge of something like this, and want to do for others because that's what we want," she said.

The money raised will go to the Saint Petersburg All Children's Hospital.

Students who wore mustaches Friday were also featured on the school's morning newscast.