Making A Difference: District Pink Out

Three students wearing supportive shirtsColonial School District experienced a district-wide "Pink Out" on October 25. 

"We're wearing pink for breast cancer awareness," explained Anna Hartel, a student at Plymouth Elementary School (PE). 

Over the month, Colonial's elementary schools and the District Office raised more than $1,330 for through collecting donations and selling rubber bracelets. Colonial Middle School (CMS) and Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) sold pink headbands and t-shirts, bringing in $4,200 for the PW Cancer Awareness Club. 

"Breast cancer affects too many people in our community, and, as a community, we're all here for each other," said Rose Harrington, who helped sell gear through the CMS Student Council. "I think it's important that we get each other through these things."

Rather than funding research, the PW Cancer Awareness Club has a different goal; it supports families from the school who are fighting the disease. For example, some of the funds from the October campaign were used to create a get well basket for a mother currently going through chemo and radiation. The basket included lotions, a blanket, and other items chosen by her children to make her feel better.

"My own mother was diagnosed in 2017 with breast cancer, so I've been there," said PWHS Senior Brooke Balkiewicz, president of the PW Cancer Awareness Club. "I know firsthand what it feels like, the struggles, and how it not only affects that parent, but how it affects the immediate family and friends around you."

With the success of its first Pink Out, the District plans to make it an annual event in October.