St. Mary School second-grader initiates project to help cure breast cancer
(Photos courtesy of St. Mary School)
WARE – Jake Riethle (pictured at left), a second-grader at St. Mary School, here, was watching a Patriots football game with his parents recently when he noticed something that seemed strange to him: The players were all wearing pink socks.
“So he began a conversation with his parents about what the pink represented,” said St. Mary principal Paula Moran. His parents explained that the football players were wearing pink to encourage people to donate to a fund to help find a cure for breast cancer.
“Although having someone with cancer in the family was foreign to him, he empathized with the players' cause,” said Moran.
When Jake returned to school the next day, he asked to meet with Principal Moran and presented his plan to have the entire school “think pink” for a cause. Moran said she values the input of students, “and I thought about the importance of his request, and targeted Tuesday, Oct. 29 as the date.”
Announcements were sent to the students’ homes and the St. Mary Student Council organized the day by requesting a monetary donation if a student wanted to “pink up” their uniform for the day, Moran explained.
“The generous response was overwhelming, as was the variety of pinks that were worn with flair,” she said. “The pinks ranged from fluorescent tie-dye knee socks, to sophisticated pink striped ties, to hot pink furry helmets, to radical pink cowgirl boots, to pink plaid cowboy shirts, and so many more degrees of pink.”
The student-inspired project raised more than $400, which will be sent to the Baystate Health Foundation Rays of Hope Walk & Run Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer.