Thirty-five students in Tupelo Career and Technical Center’s Collision Repair class honored those affected by breast cancer by renovating a 1969 Oldsmobile 98.
The students painted the car pink — the symbolic color of unity for those touched by the disease — and unveiled the new-look vehicle at the school’s annual November car show.
For weeks leading up to the show, students spent each block working on various tasks. In addition to painting the car, students also reached out to the community for names of people who have fought the disease, created specialized ribbons for each person and affixed them to the car.
Students also spread the word about Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which promotes the early screenings that increase a person’s chance of successfully managing and treating the disease.
By breathing new life into the car, students raised awareness, brought people together in solidarity and showed support to those battling cancer.