By Doris Christelis, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Students at Marlborough High School (MHS) set aside their homework and after-school activities last week to raise money for breast cancer research.
Members of MHS's Tri-M Music Honor Society, in conjunction with Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the Fitness Club, held a “Think Pink” hair-dying fund-raiser to raise awareness of and money for the “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” charity walk.
Lucas Allen, president of the Tri-M group, and a senior at the school, helped organize the event.
“Students could have a strip of their hair dyed pink, or have pink feathers put in their hair,” she said.
The students chose the Think Pink theme for several reasons.
“Pink matches the color of the Tri-M Club and is also the color for breast cancer awareness, so it made sense for us to hold a fund-raiser for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” Allen explained. “By getting hair dyed pink or pink feathers put in, we are helping increase awareness of breast cancer. And even though we are only in high school, we wanted to somehow show that we care.”
Chris Syers, a junior and vice president of the Tri-M Society added, “This was the second year we held Think Pink. Last year we raised about $400 and this year we were able to collect even more. We are proud to announce that this year we raised $636.70 for this amazing cause.”
Syers said the fund-raiser has been so well received that they'se planning to hold it as an annual event. Approximately 85 students, staff and parents made appointments and stood in line to have their hair dyed or “feathered.”
Senior Alexa Fearing, a Tri-M member, also participated in the fund-raiser.
“Kids have been really excited about this,” Fearing said. “Some teachers dyed their hair pink ahead of time to promote the fund-raiser, so we had a lot of people sign up early. Marlborough High students really want to help spread awareness of breast cancer and show that the younger generation can help by dying their hair and donating money to this cause.”
Professional hair stylists who volunteered their services were Sheila Seymour Lafreniere of Bella Domani Salon in Marlborough, Caitlin Phypers of the Cosmopolitan Salon in Brewster, N. Y., and Janice White and Emily Katseikas of Serene Scape Salon and Day Spa in Marlborough. Hair-dye was donated by Tressa, Inc.
Tri-M Music Honor Society is a national organization. Its members recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and inspire students to excel at music and leadership.