BY AMANDA MOSES
October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. In honor of this month-long commemoration, students at Abe Stark Primary School 346 (PS 346) and Frederick Douglass Academy VIII (FDA VIII) made strides against breast cancer by walking around the Spring Creek Towers (SCT) community in hopes of spreading awareness and raising money for a cure.
Although both schools differ in age groups, they teach the same message, “Supporting the fighters, admiring the survivors, honoring the taken and never giving up on hope.” For the walk, the children donned pink t-shirts, ribbons and buttons to show their support for cancer research. In addition, the faculty in both schools taught students about the disease, the importance of raising money for research and that the walk is one way to honor those who have battled breast cancer.
PS 346 tries to teach their children to be bucket fillers (a motto that inspires students to be kind and help one another). Their bucket filler mantra inspired their breast cancer awareness t-shirts, which stated “PS 346 Anti-Bulling. Together we fight Breast Cancer.” Wearing these custom shirts, the students chanted, “Fight cancer! Find a cure,” as they walked around the community.
On October 26th, FDA VIII’s entire student body marched throughout the community, clapping their hands and chanting, “Who are we marching for? Breast cancer, breast cancer. Let’s find a cure!” Escorted by members of SCT’s Public Safety and FDA VIII’s faculty, the students participated in their sixth annual neighborhood walk in support of “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) nationwide public awareness and fundraiser campaign. Onlookers cheered the teenagers as they watched the students walk past the shopping center and through the many SCT walkways holding breast cancer awareness signs.
“The walk helps students reach out to the community and work towards helping others,” says the event’s coordinator Kathleen Yearwood, a FDA VIII teacher who has family members with the disease. “A lot of the students have family members who have cancer, so participating in the walk is their way of giving back and doing their part in finding a cure,” Yearwood said.
So far the ACS organization has raised millions, through “Making Strides” and other fundraisers to help fund biomedical research, oncology care and patient services. Yearwood explained that every dollar counts. One of the reasons almost the entire school participated in the event is because FDA VIII places an emphasis on community service as part of it educational program activities and teaches students to work towards creating a better world.
Photos by Amanda Moses and P.S. 346.