Eighth-grader Trevor Collet came up with the idea of Roy Cloud Elementary School Cancer Awareness Day when he asked a girl sitting next to him in class why she was wearing a pink soccer jersey.
The associated student body president found out it was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“Later that day, I was in leadership class,” Collet wrote in an email. “We were thinking of spirit days and the connection came to me immediately. Then other people started to elaborate on the idea and it exploded into all the things we have planned now.”
Collet’s leadership class will be coordinating classroom activities this Friday, Nov. 1 and asking all pupils, staff and teachers to wear pink. The Redwood City school will have local hairstylists from San Carlos’ Salon Gossip and Burlingame’s Mondi provide free haircuts to all students and staff willing to donate 10 inches or more of their hair. Hair will be donated through Wigs for Kids and Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
Catherine Gaston, activities director at the school, said most students she has worked with would have chosen to have a Crazy Hair Day or something along those lines, but the class this year is quite special. They’ve focused more on building community and respect.
“Most of us have been touched by cancer,” Gaston said in a press release. “Both of my parents are cancer survivors so this is personal for me too. The stories are inspirational; and yes, I will be cutting my hair too!”
The day will be amazing because of so many things, especially the girls cutting their hair for cancer, Collet wrote.
“I think it is a great way to help people in need and to boost their self-confidence,” he wrote.
A tribute wall will be set up where family or friends who have been affected by cancer will be honored. Elementary teachers will be provided with supplementary lessons to increase cancer awareness. Nurse practitioner Kathy Smith of the Stanford Cancer Center will visit science classes.
Principal Dana Hardester is very excited for the day.
“The students have been working really hard on this, and it is great to see all the community members that have gotten involved,” Hardester said in a press release. “This is such a positive event. I love that this was a student’s idea and the class just ran with it. It is great to see young people working to make a difference!”
What other events will come from the student council? Collet’s leadership class that has many events in mind, he said. “We are having a canned food drive in November and a coat drive in December set up by our Vice President Amy Gifford,” Collet wrote. “Also, our commissioner of community services is looking for places that we can volunteer in our community.”
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