DERBY, CT (Oct. 9, 2013) – Shelton High School is the home of some very creative, enterprising, and determined young minds, and this week they’ll be put to the test in order to meet Headmaster Beth Smith’s Pink Challenge to her student body: “Raise $1,000 by Friday for the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness, and you can “pink” my hair for the day!”
For the past three years, Shelton High School students, teachers, and parents have collaborated to raise support for the Hewitt Center as part of The Valley Goes Pink, a community-wide awareness building and fundraising effort to help prevent breast cancer. Cheerleaders have collected donations in the stands at football games; soccer and volleyball teams have donned pink attire and solicited donations at special fundraising events and meets. Students have sold pink merchandise and auctioned gift baskets. And every year, the entire school is invited to wear their best pink outfits to raise awareness for the cause. To date, the students’ efforts have totaled over $3,000 to help build the Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness in 2011 and to support its patients.
But this year, the Headmaster herself is getting into the act. “The students have been selling bracelets and pink tee shirts this month to raise money for the cause. One of our student leaders had offered to raise the stakes for the effort by offering to dye his hair pink if the school raised $250, but at the last minute he had a change of heart. So, I decided it was time for me to step in,” said Beth Smith. She used Twitter to announce the challenge, and that tweet has gone viral. Since the tweet, the total raised has gone from $200 to $500 in only one day.
If the students succeed in meeting their goal, Beth Smith will find herself in the lobby of Shelton High School at 7:45 Friday morning, wearing a smock, and waiting for a group of students to transform her from a brunette to… a rock star! Smith also commented that the school’s Friday night football game against Fairfield Prep will be broadcast on CPTV, and she is committed to showing off her pink locks at the game if the challenge is met.
Representatives from the media are invited to observe the event at 7:45 am on Friday, Oct. 11th in the Lobby of Shelton High School, 120 Meadow Street, Shelton, CT 06484. For more information, please call Shelton High School at 203.922.3004.
Fairfield Prep is getting in on it, too! On Oct. 10, 2013, they will conduct their weekly mite box collection for the Valley Goes Pink in recognition of Shelton High School’s campaign.
About the Valley Goes Pink
The Valley Goes Pink is a grassroots, community-wide effort throughout the Lower Naugatuck Valley to create awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection, support The Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, and showcase partnering organizations – all at the same time. Throughout October, Valley towns are invited to host a variety of unique fundraising events and marketing programs to raise awareness and support for the cause. From hosting Pink Parties in homes, to “pinkifying” businesses with ribbons or lights, or hosting dress down days and auctions - the possibilities are endless. For more information on how to get involved, visit griffinhealth.org/pink or contact the Griffin Hospital Development Fund at 203.732.7504.
About Shelton High School
Shelton High School is a public high school located in Shelton, CT, serving 1,585 students in grades 9-12. With a professional staff of 113, Shelton High School is a learning community where students are expected to meet high academic and behavioral standards while developing to their full potential. The school is committed to providing their diverse student body with a safe environment characterized by respect. Staff, students, parents, and community work collaboratively to encourage life-long learning and responsible citizenship.