St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School Regents Park students chose to think pink and read to raise close to $2,000 for breast cancer research after the condition claimed their teacher’s life early this year.
Year 6 students, including Kyla Jones and Joel Parkinson, organised ‘Pink Week’ events from 29 October in memory of their school’s learning support officer, Mrs Muscas.
The school community wore pink for a day, sold raffle tickets, held a lunchtime disco and cake stall, and sold ice-blocks at recess to help raise the money. The teachers and Principal Phil Townsend got into the spirit of the event by spraying their hair pink.
Students also read books in exchange for raffle tickets to acknowledge the contribution Mrs Muscas made to literacy at the school. Many classes requested extra log books for the challenge, after almost every student filled theirs within the week.
The school may continue a ‘Read for Mrs Muscas’ week every year now in her memory.
“We really wanted to make a link to reading as Mrs Muscas helped a lot of children with their reading in the school,” Kyla said. “This was something she was very passionate about.
She was also the mother to one of our really good friends in Year 6, Ricky.”
Joel said seeing students find humour in the principal’s beard turning pink was a highlight. He said the school sought the blessing of Mrs Muscas’ sons Ricky and Leon before going ahead with the fundraiser.
“It feels amazing to know that our school supported this fundraiser with so much dedication and generosity,” he said. “We hope Mrs Muscas is looking down on us and is proud of what her sons and this school have achieved.”