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Dutchtown Middle's 'pink-out' celebrates survivors

Pink draped the shoulders of many in the 1,200-member student body at Dutchtown Middle School in Hampton.

The students — some wearing homemade T-shirts — participated in Dutchtown's First Pink Out Day, held Sept. 27, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The event celebrated the school's cancer survivors, and demonstrated the students' and faculty members' support for them.

During the celebration, school leaders recognized 57 cancer survivors within the Dutchtown school cluster community.

Dutchtown's seventh- and eighth-grade cheerleading squad conducted a bake sale to benefit the school's Relay for Life team, which helps fund cancer research through the American Cancer Society. The bake sale netted $167.50, according to Cindy Swope, the school's yearbook sponsor.

The event culminated at the school's seventh-grade football game that evening, with players wearing pink. Swope said they will continue the game-day fashion trend throughout the month of October.

The fund-raising endeavor is a smaller effort leading into the school's mini-Relay for Life fund-raiser in the Spring of 2012.