October is a month filled with cool, crisp weather, football games, and warm, baked treats, but it’s also a time devoted to a special cause – breast cancer awareness And for the first time in its history, students and staff at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High have found an ideal way to combine them. Spurred by a group of students, many of whom have had relatives and friends who have suffered from breast cancer, the school will be hosting a Friday night football game, on October 19, which will be devoted to breast cancer awareness. The event will include a slew of activities, devoted to raising funds for research and prevention, planned by Southeastern’s varsity cheerleading squad.
“We wanted to think of something we could go all out on, and we also wanted to show school spirit. We decided to raise money for breast cancer, and then we thought ‘why not involve a football game?’ “said Aronize Byrd, a senior from Brockton.
Byrd, whose grandmother suffered from breast cancer, said that she and her squad have been busy planning the event, and they have gotten many of their friends involved. The cheerleaders will be wearing trademark pink and T-shirts, in honor of breast cancer victims, and football players will be wearing pink socks and sleeves. They also will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets and baked goods, baked by culinary arts student Samantha Fernandes.
Fernandes, who also had a grandmother afflicted with the disease, has already been baking cookies, brownies, and
cookies to sell at school, and so far she’s raised $300. Her culinary teacher and cheerleading coach, Lisa Maiden, said they hope to raise $4,000 through all the activities. Besides hosting the football game, about 70 students and staff participated in a “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk on Saturday, October 14, in Boston.
The students are especially excited about a half-time activity during the football game, which involves pink balloons. They will be selling the balloons at the beginning of the game, and people will be able to dedicate each balloon to a loved one who has died from breast cancer. Those names will be written on each balloon, and they will all be released at half-time, in a special remembrance ceremony.
Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School is a public 9-12 vocational high school located in Easton, Massachusetts, serving approximately 1,250 students from the city of Brockton and the towns of East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxborough, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.