October 22, 2020

Local second-grader inspires ‘Pink Out’ day to raise cancer awareness

Pictured above is Riley Shelnutt (C) with her sister Sarah (R) and her great aunt Katie (L) during 'Pink Out' Day at HCES

Pictured above is Riley Shelnutt (C) with her sister Sarah (R) and her great aunt Katie (L) during ‘Pink Out’ Day at HCES

(Franklin, GA) — A second grader at Heard County Elementary school presented an idea recently to have a ‘Pink Out’ day to raise cancer awareness at her school.

Ms. Riley Shelnutt presented the idea to HCES principal Paul Mixon and he officially declared Monday, October 31 as Pink Out day and the response was tremendous.

Riley asked that her fellow students wear as much pink as possible that day and to bring their change to fill pink Halloween candy buckets.

Students were also asked to bring in coloring books and packs of crayons to be donated to Pediatric Cancer Unit at Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta.

The first graders at HCES raised the most money and donated the most coloring books and supplies.

Prior to the special day, Riley and HCES counselor June Barber decorated the lobby over the weekend with balloons and ribbons for cancer survivors and ribbons in memory of others.

The names had been sent in from students and parents.

The response to Riley’s idea was immense, and the money raised during the event was donated to Ms. Joyce Arp, a Heard County Middle School teacher battling cancer and Ms. Cindy Swafford, a cancer survivor at HCES.

Swafford also shared a very special message with the children that day.

Heard Elementary would like to thank all the faculty, parents, and students who helped to make the event so special and so very successful!

To see more photos from Pink Out day visit Heard County Elementary School on Facebook.

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