St. Basil the Great School's ‘Pink Out' benefits cancer research

Photo by Mike Miller St. Basil the Great School students and staff gather for a photo dressed in pink during their "Pink Out" fundraiser. The school collected about $700 for Phoenixville Relay For Life and raised awareness about breast cancer.

PHOENIXVILLE – If you visited St. Basil’s on Oct. 25, you would have seen a sea of pink.

The entire school participated in a “Pink Out” to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. Instead of wearing the usual Catholic school uniforms, students made a donation to wear pink. During the day of the “Pink Out,” $705.60 was collected for Phoenixville Relay For Life.

In the afternoon, students and staff members gathered in the softball field while photographer Mike Miller took an aerial photo of them standing in the shape of a pink ribbon. Miller was assisted by Kimberton Fire Company. The picture will be turned into a postcard that will be distributed to cancer victims in the community to give them hope.

The idea for the fundraiser came from student council advisers Jennifer Campisi and Mary Beth Homer.

Student Council President Jessica Anthony said, “We’ve done fundraising in past years (for breast cancer) just not to this extent.”

Anthony said she was thankful that so many people donated to the cause.

“We had kids that went over the minimum amount,” she said.

Student council members worked hard to prepare for the event.

“We put posters around the school and tried to get as many pink items as much as we could,” Anthony said. “We got ribbons for girls’ hair to really make it pop.”

Students even brought in extra pink items of clothing for the students that didn’t have a lot of pink at home.

Principal Mary Cronin was proud of students and staff who thought of other people in need.

“It’s wonderful,” Cronin said. “There’s so much excitement today. Students are really in the giving spirit.”

She said students were passionate about this because many of their lives had been affected by cancer in some way or another.

The school has participated in other community service projects, Cronin said.

In a press release, Campisi said, “The students recognize that all of their contributions, no matter how small, can have an impact on finding a cure for this dreadful disease.”

During Thanksgiving and Christmas, the school conducts an Adopt a Family program in which they help a less fortunate family. Students also write letters to shut-ins. Last year the school raised $3,000 for St. Jude’s.

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