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TLC students hold breast cancer day

School donates $2,465 after its “Pink Day” fundraiser

Posted: November 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 6, 2012 2:00 a.m.

From left, Heidi Moody, instructional aide at TLC; Mike Kessler from the American Cancer Society, students Jacob Weitzman, Casey Gilruth, Ramon Aguilar, Ryan Bullard, Sydny Ejedaew and Arturo Ceballos.

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When my group of students from the Transitional Learning Charter School in Newhall was at Help The Children, one of my students asked about the “pink stuff.” This was the perfect teachable moment. I shared the meaning of why the “pink stuff” related to breast cancer and the students came up with the idea of TLC having a “Pink Day.”

At our TLC/Newhall site within the past two years we have had two staff members diagnosed with breast cancer and now they are survivors. I personally know of six women within the same two years who either are now survivors or have just been diagnosed, which does not include me being at high risk and requiring a mammogram every three to six months.

The ASB officers at TLC planned a “Pink Day” which was held on Oct. 12 during our 8:30 a.m. rally. We encouraged our students and staff members to wear pink that day.

We also handed out “Pink Ribbon Pins” which were worn for the day. We wanted to spread the word that breast cancer not only affects women, but it affects men too.

We scheduled a Walk-a-Thon which was held on Oct. 19. Our total pledge amount was $2,465 which was more than what we were hoping for.

The full $2,465 was given to The American Cancer Society for breast cancer Awareness. We are very proud of our students.

The mission of the Transitional Learning Charter in Newhall is to prepare students to meet the challenges of the future as lifelong learners and responsible citizens. In partnership with families and communities, the charter creates meaningful and diverse learning opportunities for all students, so they develop the knowledge, skills and character necessary to succeed.

For more information about the TLC visit http://hartdistrict.org/tlc.

 

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