Woodlawn High School "Pinks-Out"

(L to R) Students Shelby McNeill and Cortney Churchill, CSFI President Cindy Carter, and student Raynah Stern

On Friday, October 28, 2011, Woodlawn High School held an assembly to culminate its third annual PINK OUT Campaign for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The campaign first began in 2009 when French teacher Hope Schab Haslbeck decided to honor her 96-year- old grandmother, a breast cancer survivor. That year the school raised $1,000. In 2010, the campaign raised $3,000 after Darlene Diggs-Lasseter, JROTC instructor, and former student Shaneera Lawson-Smith both lost their battles with breast cancer.

Haslbeck and the PINK OUT Team work hard each year. Students and staff alike support the effort.

Students cutting Assistant Principal Phil Popielski's hair at Pink Out.

In 2011, all of the enthusiasm paid off. Woodlawn High raised more than $5,000 for the Cancer Support Foundation, Inc. (CSFI) in Ellicott City, Maryland. CSFI President Cindy Carter attended the assembly with her husband, Steve, to accept a check for the organization. Professional imaging teacher Gwen Gasdick, herself a breast cancer survivor, spoke to the crowd about the importance of breast self-examinations. Two teachers allowed Gasdick to cut their hair for “Locks of Love.” Assistant Principal Philip Popielski had promised to shave his head if the school raised at least $5,000, so he went bald live on stage! However, the most lasting result of PINK OUT 2011 is very special to the Woodlawn High School family. CSFI established a fund called the “Woodlawn High School PINK OUT Fund” for Baltimore County breast cancer clients.

Haslbeck and her PINK OUT Team want to take PINK OUT county-wide. Both Catonsville High School and Windsor Mill Middle School held their first annual PINK OUT this year, thanks to Christy Moore-German, a former assistant principal at Woodlawn High, and Robin Cothorne, a former Woodlawn High school nurse.  Schools interested in starting a PINK OUT, can email Harry Escarge at for more information on how to kick-off the program.

Story by Tiffany R. Adams, Good News Ambassador and business teacher, Woodlawn High School. Photos by Darien George, Woodlawn High School junior and photography student
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