Crimson and gold are not the only colors proudly displayed on seventh-graders' lockers.
Thanks to seventh-grader Audrey Murphy, pink is also quite popular along the hallway.
To help raise money for breast cancer research, Audrey made many ribbons – all pink – and included magnets so they could attach to her schoolmates' lockers. She then sold them for $1 each, raising $200 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest fundraising organization in the battle against breast cancer.
As a daughter of a breast cancer survivor and participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Audrey was inspired to raise money and awareness with the ribbons. She says the fact that many people wore t-shirts that said "in memory of" someone during the walk touched her. "It made me really sad that so many women had died from breast cancer," Audrey says. "It made me more aware that things like that can happen."
Audrey says at least $10 was her goal, but with one student donating $20, she quickly exceeded her expectations. Her classmate did not even want any ribbons for his generosity, but she gave him a few anyway. "I wanted to raise more money to support research to find a cure because it's such a devastating thing that can happen," she says. "It made me so happy to know that people wanted to support this cause."
Maureen Danzig, seventh-grade dean, says all of the seventh-grade teachers are very proud of her. "She had this idea, came up with a plan and was able to successfully raise money for a great cause," she says.
The folks at Susan G. Komen For The Cure are tickled pink at Audrey's initiative.