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Monday, November 19, 2018
Lower Macungie Middle School students pose in the shape of a beaker for the aerial photo of Elements of a Cure. See story and additional photos on Page A9.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Lower Macungie Middle School students pose in the shape of a beaker for the aerial photo of Elements of a Cure. See story and additional photos on Page A9.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Students Lucas Mondin, Bryan Kain and Caleb Brashear take a break from watching the basketball tournament. Students Lucas Mondin, Bryan Kain and Caleb Brashear take a break from watching the basketball tournament.
ABOVE: Twenty-three teams sign up to participate in the “Ballin’ for Breast Cancer” basketball tournament. ABOVE: Twenty-three teams sign up to participate in the “Ballin’ for Breast Cancer” basketball tournament.
LEFT: Students Chase Kelly and Skye Rodway stop by the food table to purchase some snacks served by faculty members Steve Kutz and Nicole Stanchock.PRESS PHOTOS BY MARY PATRICIA FLETCHER LEFT: Students Chase Kelly and Skye Rodway stop by the food table to purchase some snacks served by faculty members Steve Kutz and Nicole Stanchock.PRESS PHOTOS BY MARY PATRICIA FLETCHER
Teacher Michelle Harned and the Lower Macungie Middle School Hornet take a break from the activities at the Pink Out afternoon. Teacher Michelle Harned and the Lower Macungie Middle School Hornet take a break from the activities at the Pink Out afternoon.
Students Emily Moyer, Angelina Garnto and Clarissa House stop to look over the raffle prizes. Students Emily Moyer, Angelina Garnto and Clarissa House stop to look over the raffle prizes.

LOWER MACUNGIE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Thursday, November 1, 2018 by MARY PATRICIA FLETCHER Special to The Press in School

Students and staff support breast cancer awareness

Lower Macungie Middle School recently held its ninth annual Pink Out. Early in the school day, students gathered outside for an aerial photo in the shape of a flask, reflecting the theme Elements of a Cure.

The culmination of the Pink Out is the after school activity. Students dressed in everything pink – shirts, cowboy hats, bandanas, beads, shoelaces and more and enjoyed games, food, a DJ and a pink raffle. There was also a “Ballin’ for Breast Cancer” basketball tournament.

The event began in 2010 as a way for faculty, staff and students to support breast cancer awareness in honor of eighth grade science teacher Michelle Harned, who had been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. After the first year, the event kept going and has gained momentum over the past eight years.

Since 2010, five faculty and staff at LMMS have been affected by breast cancer.

Harned now coordinates the event and says the support has been overwhelming. Over 800 pink shirts were purchased by a student body of 1,200. Twenty-three basketball teams registered to play in “Ballin’ for Breast Cancer.”

The entire school community – faculty, students and parents – comes together to make Pink Out a success. Money raised from T-shirt sales, the aerial photo, raffles and the basketball tournament is given to the Allentown Women’s 5K Classic.