Projects that boost awareness of breast cancer can help not only make your young students aware of the disease; it can also help build a foundation of health and wellness for your female students. Early education is a key to early detection, and learning about breast cancer early is more likely to lead to good health decisions later. There are a few fun ways to promote breast cancer awareness in the classroom this October, which will also help your students understand the importance of early detection and of supporting research for a cure.
Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
For the month of October, replace your usual school supplies with pink versions. From pencils to paper clips and even scissors, when your kids see you using awareness items, they’ll naturally be interested. Choosing pink for the month also allows you to lead by example, particularly if you put the items away again until next year. Your students will see that you are honestly invested in the cause.
Decorate the Pink Ribbon
Print out a blank awareness ribbon for each student. Challenge them to decorate it using only pink supplies, then display the ribbons in the classroom. Allow everything from paint to sequins, magazine cutouts and beads and enjoy the stunningly monochromatic display all month long. These make an excellent border for a bulletin board. They can also be displayed on a door or other spotlight area for the month.
Fundraising in the Classroom
Create a simple fundraiser that allows kids to contribute to the cause. If your school requires uniforms, allow kids to dress down and wear pink on one or more “awareness” days during the month. Not only can this boost awareness, it can raise money as well. Charge a nominal fee—$1 for the month—and choose a different theme for each Friday. Crazy hair day, wear pajamas day, think pink day, etc. all work as engaging themes.
If you already allow kids to wear street clothes, selling an inexpensive but fun pink item to boost awareness can help. From awareness ribbons to hot pink hair extensions or even pink lollipops, you can build awareness and raise some money for the cause as well.
No matter which route you choose, it’s never too early to introduce the concept of awareness. Introducing breast cancer awareness in the classroom shows students the importance of early detection and research.
Read more ways to raise awareness in October!
Learn more from the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation