Written by The Westbury Times Staff Thursday, 14 November 2013 00:00
If you entered Westbury High School on a Wednesday during the month of October, you might have thought that the school colors had changed to pink, pink and more pink. That’s because Wednesdays were deemed “Wear Pink Days” in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Each Wednesday, students and staff wore something pink, whether it was a shirt, bracelet, or another accessory. Oct. 16 was “Pink-Out Day” at the high school. All around the school, students and staff were wearing pink shirts in order to raise awareness of breast cancer.
While wearing pink was a way to raise awareness, students and staff didn’t stop there. Several clubs and classes held fundraisers, with all proceeds going to The American Cancer Society. The lobby of the school was filled with clubs during lunch periods selling items such as shirts, bracelets, pen and pins. Close to $1,000 was raised by clubs and classes. The Westbury Teachers Association also got into the act. Each teacher was asked to donate $2 to the cause, and many members of the WTA took part in the Jones Beach Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach.
Students were also taught about the staggering numbers of people affected by breast cancer. The health and physical education classes informed students of the importance of early detection through self examination and factors that can case breast cancer. During the morning and afternoon announcements, facts about breast cancer were aired to the student body.