HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Students at Harrison Central High School spent an entire week doing their part to help save lives by raising money for those who suffer from breast cancer. They held fundraisers throughout Think Pink Week to try and reach a goal of more than $10,000.
It was a school wide motto for the week. "Get your pink on. Big or small, save them all."
"We've been preparing for the fundraiser maybe since the third week of school," Taylor Brewer said, "so we've been doing this for quite a while."
Juniors Taylor Brewer and Kristian Hefley are among 1500 students at Harrison Central who are helping create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays.
"It's very exciting," Kristian Hefley said. "Because it shows I can make a difference just by, like, helping out in my classes."
"This is our third annual Think Pink Week," Amy Nguyen said. "And we are raising money to give to the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer."
As you walked down the hall you could see a sea of pink. Not only did students take their art skills to the door, U.S. History teacher Amy Nguyen, said they have continued to give throughout the entire week.
"We have a break on Monday where all the students have to pay to get out of class. And then we offer them snacks and drink during the break. On Tuesday we had a who can wear the most pink competition between the classes," said Nguyen.
And the list continued. From volleyball tournaments to pink pageants, all of the money raised goes to research to better understand the disease, prevent it and help find a cure.
"We do raise a lot of money and it help the kids get involved and show them that there is a bigger picture. It's not just about them and we're trying to support them and show them they need to get involved in community service," said Nguyen.
Last year Harrison Central was the second largest donor on the coast. They raised $9,500. This year not only do students hope to exceed last year's total, they hope their classmates will recognize the benefit of continuing to give throughout their lives.
"I definitely know I will because it gives you a good feeling about yourself and what you're doing," said Brewer.
Their success was made possible with the help of Chick-fil-a and Rent City.