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Think Pink: Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

Think Pink: Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

The Academy of Public Service, also known as APS, hosted their annual Pink Out Day event in the lobby to raise money for the cure for breast cancer. On the morning of Friday, October 13, students stopped on the first floor to buy pink pens, pink notebooks, pink bandanas, and preorder pink shirts in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This event serves to bring attention to an illness that affects hundreds of thousands of people each year. Hills is one of the NYC public high schools that actively participates in this national day. Here, at Hills, we include Pink Out Day as a part of our spirit week. Students are encouraged to wear pink to support breast cancer awareness. 

Ms. Ferrante, Director and Coordinator of APS, checked in with The Beacon before the event. “When it comes to fundraising, there is always a concern about if people will support and purchase for the cause,” she expressed.

Source: Isabel Steuerman

Post-event, we learned this wasn’t an issue at all.

With the help of all the APS members, every item on sale was sold out by the time period four came around. In fact, Ms. Ferrante dug up leftover items from previous pink out days such as pop sockets and silicone phone card holders. Overall, APS managed to raise over $2,500 dollars for the American Cancer Society in the fight against breast cancer. That’s over double of the amount of money fundraised from last year!

“I am so proud of all the APS members who ran the table, and secured donations for a great cause. I am equally proud of the Forest Hills Community of being so generous and giving,” Ms. Ferrante proudly shared.

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