SHELDON—The Sheldon School District encourages people to fight breast cancer like an Orab.
Sheldon High School’s Student Leadership Team recently raised awareness of the disease by selling pink T-shirts that said “Fight like an Orab” for a 2019 Pink Out fundraiser.
Each Sheldon student in kindergarten-12th grade and community members had the opportunity to buy the T-shirts, the design of which came from Top Notch Stitching of Sheldon.
Proceeds from the sales of 430 T-shirts totaled $1,200 and were donated to the American Cancer Society. To go along with the fundraiser, Sheldon held a Pink Out event on Oct. 8 during a home volleyball match against Okoboji.
“The gym was full and many people chose to wear pink,” said high school principal and SLT adviser Sherrie Zeutenhorst.
“Our student section was full as well and most had purchased and were wearing the Pink Out T-shirt in support of the event,” she said.
The high school also partnered with Sanford Sheldon Medical Center, which provided people with pink rally towels for the Pink Out event.
“We asked for a freewill donation the evening of the volleyball event and were able to raise $320 for Sanford Sheldon to help cover mammogram expenses at Sanford Sheldon,” Zeutenhorst said.
Before the volleyball match, two players — high school senior Madison Van Meeteren, the SLT president, and sophomore Emma Barwick, a member of SLT — said a few words to the members of the audience.
“They thanked the crowd for their support of the Pink Out event and then asked those who have fought or who are currently fighting breast cancer to stand so that the crowd could show their support,” Zeutenhorst said.
“It was a great learning opportunity for our SLT members to organize an event such as this,” she said. “It takes many individuals stepping up to lend a hand.”
Van Meeteren was pleased with how the Pink Out fundraiser and event went.
“We were thankful for everybody who bought a shirt and that it goes toward a great cause locally and nationally,” she said.
Zeutenhorst appreciated the commitment of the SLT members to support people who have or who have had breast cancer.
“This disease impacts the lives of many families,” she said. “As the adviser of SLT, I sincerely appreciated the support of our community so that we could provide some monetary support to help diagnose and support those in need.”