RHS Students Make Strides Against Breast Cancer
Haley Macray, Veritas Senior Managing Editor
On Sunday, October 4, members of Rockland High School’s Student Government Council, soccer teams, and volleyball team attended the annual American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Boston with faculty, coaches, and advisors.
Attending the Breast Cancer Walk has become an RHS tradition over the years as well as supporting Breast Cancer awareness in general. This year along with raising money by selling Breast Cancer awareness t-shirts and individual fundraising or sponsoring online, Shannon Lindahl, SGC Community Service Chair, introduced a new and competitive way of raising money throughout the school. A pink collection jar was placed in each A Block teacher’s classroom and students were challenged to collect change to donate to the American Cancer Society – the winning teams to win free breakfast sponsored by SGC.
This year’s winning classes were Melissa Shaughnessy’s class ($201.40), Randal Grimmett’s class ($168.32), and Joanne White’s class ($118.67).
Besides free breakfast, another incentive for RHS students to donate money in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month involved seeing two familiar faces with pink hair. As they did last year, science teacher, Angelina Armstrong and RHS Vice Principal, Kathy Paulding both agreed to dye their hair pink in support of finding a cure if RHS were to collect a total of $3,000 after all fundraising initiatives. After raising $3,126 so far, Mrs. Armstrong and Ms. Paulding debuted their new hair color on Wednesday, October 7.
Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at RHS will continue. Collection jars will remain in A block classes for the rest of October for students to make donations. As the Breast Cancer awareness shirts designed and sold by SGC say, “In October RHS wears pink.”