Plymouth Elementary School (PE) staff welcomed the East Norriton Police and their pink police car to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the Colonial School District. The event was organized by PE First Grade Teacher Helene Pileggi, a breast cancer survivor, who wanted to honor the other cancer survivors at the school.
“It’s really about supporting each other, being positive and how everyone comes together to fight this battle,” said Mrs. Pileggi.
To her surprise, the East Norriton Police had dedicated the car to the teacher. The wrap has “#teamhelene” as part of the design, in addition to the famous image of Rosie the Riveter. Several members of Mrs. Pileggi’s family also came to the school for the surprise.
“We came out for Helene,” said Chief of Police Brandon Pasquale of the East Norriton Township Police Department. “Breast cancer has hit home with us at our police department and the women of Helene’s family. We’re visible, and we’re part of the community. This helps show our support of the community we’re serving.”
Members of the PE staff signed the car, including messages of hope and honoring loved ones who had battled cancer. The school plans to join Plymouth Whitemarsh High School for a “pink out” on October 25.