Putting on the Pink at Woodlawn High School for a good cause

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Pink as a high school fashion statement? Uh, no.

But this fall, pink became de rigueur in the hallways at Woodlawn High School. And thanks to students’ month-long drive to raise money to fight cancer, wearing pink at Woodlawn produced plenty of green.

The school’s Pink Out 2010 assembly on October 28 marked the conclusion of the fundraising campaign, one that saw students across the school, including athletes and the school’s principal, Brian Scriven, don shades of pink to support the cause.

And support it they did. When the Pink Out began in late September, Woodlawn French teacher and organizer Hope Schab set a $1,000 goal for the school. Students bought and sold pink shirts, pink pins, and pink hats – a variety of fundraising items all designed to commemorate the ongoing battle against a disease that has touched so many lives.

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The campaign, which began three years ago at Woodlawn, took many forms. Led by Ms. Schab and other faculty members, the school created a “pink wall” where students and staff could celebrate loved ones who had either lost their battles or successfully fought and survived cancer. Art students created pink pinwheels they displayed in the shape of a “remember ribbon” on the school’s front lawn.

Principal Scriven notes that the campaign became even more profound for the school when the head of Woodlawn’s JROTC program, Darlene Diggs-Lasseter, lost her battle with cancer just before the school’s Pink Out assembly.

“There was a real sense of spirit and togetherness about this,” says Scriven. “Our students really took to it as a school mission, an exercise in demonstrating their unselfish spirit. It was nice to see the kids come together.”

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A month later, students had raised $3,010 to combat cancer. During the afternoon assembly to culminate the drive and covered by WBAL-TV, the school presented a check to representatives of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure organization.





Photo courtesy of Hope Schab and Woodlawn High School.
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