Golden Ring Mid­dle thinks pink with Art for a Cause

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­

The au­di­to­rium of Golden Ring Mid­dle School was awash in pink as stu­dents and staff ob­served Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month dur­ing their Art for a Cause event on Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 24.

The room was filled with art­work cre­ated by the stu­dents in their art classes that was sold to raise money for breast can­cer aware­ness.

“So of­ten we try to find ways for our stu­dents to con­nect with their cur­ricu­lum. One of the ways that I find stu­dents can have a voice is through art,” said Golden Ring art teacher Camille Gib­son.

The school hosts an Art for a Cause event ev­ery year. Last year’s event was fo­cused on au- tism aware­ness.

Gib­son said this event is one way stu­dents can make “mean­ing­ful changes” while bring­ing aware­ness to im­por­tant is­sues and giv­ing them “a plat­form for them to nur­ture their artis­tic abil­i­ties.”

She added that could not be more proud of her stu­dents for show­ing the com­mu­nity that there isn’t a limit to their ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, Gib­son was pre­sented a ci­ta­tion by Sen­a­tor Kathy Klaus­meier, rec­og­niz­ing her be­ing named a ca­reer art teacher of the year by Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Schools ear­lier this year.

The money raised will go to­wards lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions re­lated to the theme of the fundraiser. This year’s re­cip­i­ent was Sur­vivors Of­fer­ing Sup­port, a pro­gram through Franklin Square Hos­pi­tal that con­nects breast can­cer sur­vivors with each other in or­der to sup­port those who are go­ing through treat­ment.

“Ev­ery sin­gle woman who has a breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis at Franklin Square will get a phone call from me or a fel­low men­tor and we will the of­fer sup­port and re­sources they’ll need mov­ing for­ward,” said Ann Laughton, the man­ager of Sur­vivors Of­fer­ing Sup­port. “Re­cov­ery is just the be­gin­ning, it’s a life­long process. We want to sup­port ev­ery woman for the rest of their lives,” she said.

For more photos of Golden Ring Mid­dle School’s Art for a Cause event, visit www. av­enu­e­

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