Five years ago, a teacher at Carrollwood Day School lost her mother to breast cancer and the school decided to do something about it.
For the past five years, everyone from the toddlers in the pre-K program to the seniors in high school will paint both CDS schools pink. Beginning Friday,, Oct. 4, the campuses will be covered with pink flowers, ribbons and other decorations and they will remain that way throughout the month. Even the football team will take part.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and community service is a key part of the message that CDS is trying to present to its students. The “Paint the Campus Pink” project is intended to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure project. More than $35,000 has been raised for the fund by CDS during the past six years.
“When our teacher lost her mother, we just decided we needed to do something at CDS,” said Shannon Gauthier, director of marketing at CDS. “We started working at it and it’s made a big impression.”
The pink flowers are donated by local businesses and the kids are making the ribbons out of wood. They are posted on the doors of the class rooms on both of the campuses from the early childhood program on up.
Students are working together to decorate the campuses. Class projects include first and eighth grades plus second and seventh grades working on an “All Things Pink” decoration project; fourth and sixth grades making petals to create pink flowers throughout the school; third grade planting pink flowers throughout the campuses; and high school students will plant pink flowers with the toddlers at the Early Childhood Campus.
In addition to planting flowers and decorating CDS campuses, students will be participating in a “walk on the track” Friday at 2:30 p.m. to show unity and commitment toward raising breast cancer awareness and support of the struggles that come with cancer. Refreshments will be served.
The kids having been working hard at every level, Gauthier said.
“The students seem to be aware of what it is all about,” Gauthier said. “It’s nice to see the seniors working with the elementary school kids to make this work. It’s for a great cause and we are looking forward to it.”