Local Schools Making A Difference


Sarah Griffith

Sacred Heart High School has once again partnered with St. Mary Magdalen School of Oakville to take a stand against breast cancer for the fifth year. Each year, the staff, students, and donors put on an inspiring, charitable event to raise money and awareness of the horrific life changes that breast cancer presents. The annual event kicks off with the recitation of the Rosary prayed by the faculty, staff, student body and alumni of SMMS,  then prayer is followed by a brief ceremony conducted by survivors, family of the survivors, and even people battling cancer to demonstrate how the donations and more importantly, the prayers help to relieve suffering and seek new treatments.  The event is an emotional glance at what it is like to battle breast cancer, or support a loved one fighting cancer. One hundred percent of the donations given by local businesses, school administration and faculty, students, and families are given to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury. These funds help to provide free scans and mammograms for people who cannot afford them.

Sacred Heart students, faculty, and administration conducted a casual day fundraiser.  A sea of pink shirts, hoodies, and even shoes filled the school as students supported the effort to fight the devastating effects of breast cancer.  The giving spirit of SHHS shone through as nearly every student in the school community participated in the fundraising effort.  The SHHS school community observed a moment of prayer specifically for breast cancer patients and survivors, their families, and their caregivers.  The annual pink out drive is live evidence that “the Heart” makes caring for the community a top priority!