It does not have to be a Wednesday in order to wear pink (I hope you enjoy that Mean Girls reference), and Friendswood High School students proved that on Friday Sept. 28 as they continued their annual Pink Out game tradition.
Students dressed in pink throughout the school day and continued on during the volleyball and football games in order to raise awareness for breast cancer while also selling shirts to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
FHS teacher Melissa Novak has helped organize the fundraiser with the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) for the last seven years. She said the tribute is something she and her students feel passionate about.
“The Pink Out game is a way to bring the school together to wear pink in honor of those who are fighting or have lost their battle to cancer,” Novak said. “This cause is important to us because we have teachers at FHS and in our district who have fought or are currently fighting cancer. We want these teachers to know the students and faculty are behind them every step of the way and will support them.”
This year, FCCLA raised more than $1500 to donate to the America Cancer Society. Novak said the fundraiser would not be possible without the help of the students.
“Our students run this event,” Novak stated. “Our officers designed the shirt to sell and we spent several of our FCCLA club meetings having our members fold pink ribbons to hand out at the game. The FCCLA officers and members also came to the Pink Out game to work the table we had set up where we handed out pink ribbons, had a photo op area, sold shirts and took donations.”
Seeing as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Novak said she hopes the event inspired FHS and the Friendswood community to look at breast cancer from a humbled perspective.
Novak said, “My hope for this event is that our students took some time to think outside of themselves while raising awareness to a cause that is near and dear to our school and community.”