North Allegheny Students Raise Funds for 

Glimmer of Hope with their Pink Out Campaign 

 

On October 8, North Allegheny students shelved their usual black and gold school colors and sported pink for their Homecoming game. During that evening, the North Allegheny Student Section held a Pink Out campaign. The event was held to raise funds for Glimmer of Hope, a local foundation that provides services, programs, research, and technology in the fight against breast cancer. 

        This annual event has proven to be quite successful for NASH. According to NA’s Students Section, activities director, Sharon Volpe, “The student section leaders have been doing this fundraiser pretty steadily for seven years. I reached out to them only a month before the Pink Out game, and they pulled it together in just such a short time. The students in our Special Ed department work in a T-shirt shop to get work experience. They did quite a bit of the work making the Pink Out shirts. They did it under the direction of vocation teacher Melinda Beck and Tigers Shop coordinator, Shawn Connors.  

The special ed teens did a wonderful job and enjoyed seeing everyone wearing the shirts they made,” Melinda said. 

      “The students that coordinated this year’s Pink Out campaign were Maggie Bridges, Matt Miller, and Brady Quatman. Brady and Matt often worked after school to make the shirts. Maggie took the lead on sales. Thanks to the efforts of this year’s campaign, $7,000+ has been raised for Glimmer of Hope. Everything that these teens did was really impressive,” Ms. Volpe added. 

       The project had a positive effect on those who were involved. “I was the student head of this project, taking on the commutations, organization, and outreach for this fundraiser. The support Glimmer of Hope provides made me want to put my full effort into making this an impactful fundraiser. It was stressful initially, but what kept me going and continued perseverance was the fact that I could make an impact as a high school student. I stayed after school every day to hand-print the shirts, pulled late hours organizing orders and reaching out to the community to get involved,” Maggie remarked. 

     “I helped make the shirts every day after school for about a week. In addition, helped pass them out at lunch as it led up to the football game Friday night. I love how I got to be a part of something that is making a difference outside of NA, and I enjoyed the process of doing it,” Matt said. 

      The money raised for Glimmer of Hope is donated to Allegheny Health Network, Magee Women’s Research Institute, the Hillman Cancer Center, and Allegheny General Hospital. For more information on Glimmer of Hope, visit https://www.symbolofthecure.com/. 

By: Paula Green