The walkers, most donning some form of pink clothing or accessory, donated $1 each toward the school’s goal of raising $800 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a non-profit organization devoted to breast cancer awareness, advocacy, education and research.
Students also bought pink ribbons for 50 cents each to show their support for the cause.
According to fourth-grade teacher Shanquita Boazmon, the students surpassed the first walk’s goal of $500 in 2012 by raising $715.
“They love, love, love this fundraiser,” Boazmon said. “They buy two and three ribbons at a time to give to their mom, dad or anyone they can think of. They love pink day, and most of the kids here are in their pink.”
During the three-and-a-half-hour walk, students in each grade walked around the school’s parking lot for 35 minutes, with five total walking shifts for the seven grades at the school.
“My favorite part of participating in this is when we go outside and do the walk because (what we’re doing) helps this cause during the month of October,” fifth-grader Denisha Stockdale said. “It’s very important to me because this is coming from the heart because you’re helping other people — not only yourself, but people who have died from breast cancer.”
Second-, third- and sixth-graders assumed the first, third and fifth shifts, while kindergartners paired with first-graders and fourth-graders joined fifth-graders in the second and fourth shifts, respectively.
“We start out by telling the kids the reason why they’re walking and the reason why they’re purchasing these pink ribbons because it is important,” Boazmon said. “It’s important for them to understand, ‘Well, let me do this for this cause. This is a good cause, and helping others is important.’”
The fundraiser capped off a week of festivities for the school as they were also celebrating Red Ribbon Week, a week that emphasizes the national school “Say No to Drugs” campaign.
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