People often feel that they can make a difference in cancer by taking part. They want to learn how to help their neighbors and friends, students at school, and people they’ve yet to meet. Austin High School is making a difference school wide by sponsoring many events, such as face-to-face posters, during the month of October with “Pink Out 2011” to bring about awareness of cancer, in particular breast cancer.
Hats off for Cancer, sponsored by Red Cross, DECA, Student Council, and PALS, was one of the first events. The hats are being donated to the Ronald McDonald House associated with MD Anderson Cancer Center. The students were also encouraged to purchase Pink shoe laces for Susan G. Komen Foundation and the AHS family was asked to wear the shoe laces to school on the 21st of October. Students and members of the community purchased and still can purchase purple ribbons in honor of a cancer survivor, current patient or in memory of one who has passed on as well as to bring about awareness of cancer. The money raised from the ribbons will be donated to the American Cancer Society. These ribbons can be purchases from the Austin Angels and were sponsored by the Austin Bulldog Band and Angels. Also, at the AHS football games during the month, the cheerleaders cheered with pink pom poms and the mascot wore a pink spirit shirt.
On October 31st, the faculty will SCARE AWAY CANCER. AHS Teachers will donate $5 to wear jeans on and a pink or Halloween-themed shirt to Scare Away Cancer. All proceeds will be donated to promote cancer research.
Pink Out 2011 will continue into November, with the PALs Annual KNOCK OUT CANCER Dodge Ball tournament on November 11. Students will donate $5 to play on a dodge ball team to help Knock Out Cancer. Proceeds will go to the Young Survival Coalition (Houston branch). For information about how you can participate, contact Karla Lalendorff, at Karla.Lalendorff@fortbend.k12.tx.us.