Students and staff are “in the pink” at Reese Elementary School. Once a month, on Common Planning days, the Reese learning community wears pink to support cancer awareness. CP days have taken on the extra meaning of “Come in Pink” and “Contribute Pennies.”
Our first opportunity to launch this campaign was on Aug. 17. Students were reminded by a Connect-Ed automated call, a pink flyer sent home and a huge pink banner displayed in front of the school.
Students, staff and even parent volunteers showed up in pink to support the cause. More than 75 percent of Reese students came to school wearing pink shirts, shoes, socks, pants and any other pink accessory they could find in order to show their support.
Collection cans are in each classroom and a giant collection jar is in the office to receive penny contributions. While pink is the color specific to breast cancer, we want to bring awareness to all forms of cancer. We will continue “Coming in Pink” and “Contributing Pennies” each month on Common Planning days throughout the school year. All of the money collected will be donated to the Relay for Life cancer research fundraiser in June.
We decided to do this because there is not anyone in the Reese learning community who has not been affected in some way by cancer. Our goal is to help our students think beyond themselves, and by collecting pennies we are showing that every little bit helps and everyone can make a difference.
Celeste Border is the principal of Reese Elementary School.