Community involvement is as vibrant as ever at Forman School. Over 40 Forman students participated in the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 4th. The event, which took place at White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, benefitted the American Cancer Society. With a goal of $1,000, Team Forman raised more than ever (since starting in 2008) with total donations reaching $2,060!
“We raised $1,560 on the website and $500 doing a dress down day within our community,” Community Service Program Coordinator Brooke Crossman said. “I created a Team Forman name under the School Challenge. I then sent the link to all students who expressed interest in volunteering or walking. Before I knew it, our donations continued to grow and grow each day and more and more students wanted to be involved.” Out of 37 teams, Forman ranked third.
In another first for the Lions, Forman School was asked to lead warm-ups on stage for all participants before the walk began. Institute for Cognition and Learning Teacher Jeannine Cooper, along with Madelaine (Madi) Reading ’16, Allison Herdje ’16, and Caroline Herdje ’16, cheerfully led the crowd with fun stretch exercises.
Reading, who was quoted in the Register Citizen, was recognized as Citizen of the Week at Forman for taking the lead in helping to organize Forman's participation in the walk. She played an instrumental role in helping Team Forman raise money and took the initiative to make the event a success.
“I am SO proud of our students and community. The excitement and enthusiasm was contagious,” Crossman said. "There was a student-run ‘Pink Party’ on the Saturday night before the walk to paint nails pink, get temporary breast cancer awareness tattoos, and share pink cookies. The support for this great cause was infectious.”
View photos from the event here!