When Knox students learned early in the school year that teacher Becky Hart had been diagnosed with breast cancer and would be undergoing treatment, they wanted to show their support for her and others fighting the disease.
Aided by the PTSA, they sold pink “GJSD Has Hart” magnets (many of which were used to decorate their lockers) and sold pink “GJSD Strong” bracelets and special t-shirts that are often spotted being worn around the district. The modified football team also played a special “Pink Out” game on Knox Field during October, with players sporting bright pink socks. In all, over $500 was raised.
Noticing that other patients at New York Oncology Hematology were in need, Mrs. Hart asked that the students consider donating the money, in the form of gift cards for gas and groceries, to the NYOH Riverfront Center where she received treatment.
During a holiday assembly on December 23, with Mrs. Hart on hand to share in the moment, students proudly presented the gift cards to NYOH physician Dr. Karen Tedesco and office manager Karen Diamond, together with nearly 50 heart-shaped pillows sewn by students in Life Sciences classes, and encouraging notes to be delivered to patients at NYOH.
In addition to Mrs. Hart, fellow Knox staff members and survivors Rebecca Wager and Ann Blackwood were also recognized at the assembly.
Thank you Knox students, staff and community for your thoughtfulness and support!