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Pink The Playground

Deanne King,   Travis El
Community Involvement
Pink The Playground
"Pink the Playground" at Travis Elementary begin in October of 2010. One of our Travis teachers, Martha Enriquez had recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and was beginning her treatments. Our staff wanted to support her in her walk through a difficult time. Our PE teacher, Coach Tracy Rice, came up with the idea of all students and staff donating $5.00 to wear a pink shirt and the proceeds would be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation in Mrs. Enriquez's honor. We take a group picture of everyone wearing pink on the playground at the end of the day. We have received local media coverage of the event. We have continued with this activity each year since then. This year we choose to donate the funds directly to a family member of one of the staff members. Tess Carruth, at the age of 27 was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer. She was also 8 weeks pregnant at the time. She carried a full term, healthy baby while receiving 12 rounds of chemo and then after recovery from the delivery, underwent a double mastectomy. She has since then learned that her new daughter has the same genetic cancer cells. She will be tested through out her life to stay ahead of a cancer discovery. Travis students and staff donated $1100.00 to Tess Carruth with the "Pink the Playground" fundraiser in October of 2016. The family is deeply grateful.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Each student and adult donated at least $5.00 to wear Pink Shirts and Jeans for the day.

How did you accomplish your goals?

The goal was accomplished by promoting the event for a couple of weeks prior to the actual date. On the day of the event, we gave each person a sticker that said they had donated.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

The students have seem to come together and have more empathy towards each other after this event and with our counselor having a presentation on Compassion and Empathy for each grade level.