Fort Bend Independent School District observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Fort Bend ISD joins school districts across the nation in supporting the annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. Throughout the month, district and school staff, students and communtiy members have helped promote the cause by taking part in various activities and events.
For the third consecutive year, the volleyball teams from Crockett Middle School and Sugar Land Middle School partnered with the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) to host their “Volley Pink Project” volleyball game, which was held October 4 at Crockett Middle School. The event included a performance by the Crockett Orchestra, a moment of silence honoring cancer victims and survivors, and a check presentation to the FBJSL. The teams raised $1,040 from the event to support area cancer patients with costs associated with their cancer treatment.
“The project has been a phenomenal event each year, and it teaches the volleyball players at both schools a valuable lesson about helping and serving others,” said Joshua McLain, Crockett Middle School teacher. McLain and Debbie Cooper of Sugar Land Middle School coordinate the event each year.
FBISD’s Athletics Department declared the week of October 7-12 as Breast Cancer Awareness Week. Athletic Director Philip O’Neal encouraged varsity volleyball, tennis and football teams, as well as cheerleaders and coaching staff, to support the cause. He also shared with athletics staff statistics regarding breast cancer and how the disease affects thousands of people each year, including men. Several FBISD campuses also recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month by taking part in “Pink Out” days, during which students and staff wore pink attire.
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