TUPPERS PLAINS — A total of 578 students, teachers and family members from Eastern Elementary and Eastern Middle School took part in creating a giant pink ribbon on Thursday morning.
Participants were asked to wear pink and were given the opportunity to purchase pink carnations, pink balloons and T-shirts to support the cause.
Carnations were sent home with students who ordered them to be given as a symbol of breast cancer awareness.
Following the forming of the ribbon approximately 200 pink balloons were released and a moment of silence was held. The pink balloons will be released to honor and remember all of the friends and family members who have been affected by breast cancer.
Proceeds from the sale of all pink balloons and pink carnations will go toward the Eastern Elementary “Cause We Care” Fund.
Event organizer and Eastern Elementary teacher Julie Spaun, a total of over $800 was collected through the sales. An additional $170 was donated to the program from the third and fourth grade Eastern Eagles football team’s “Tackle Cancer” event.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Meigs County Cancer Initiative’s “Think Pink,” program while the rest will be used to help fund monthly charitable “Cause We Care” projects this school year. The “Cause We Care,” program at Eastern focuses on helping local charities and families in need.
Two of our school’s biggest events of the year include our Pantene Beautiful Lengths-Hair Donation Station and Mini-Relay for Life which are both scheduled for May 10, 2013. We currently have 42 people who have pledged to cut and donate their hair this year.
The winners of the Best Pink Costume were Blake Newland, Kylie Gheen and Mrs. Linda Faulk. The winners of the Best Pink Hair were Dillon Howard and Ronna Robinson.
They each received a certificate and a gift card.