Tupelo Students Honor Cancer Fighters, Survivors and Victims

Tupelo students paint car pink

Tupelo students paint car pink Tupelo students paint car pink

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.


Connections is the magazine for K-12 career and technical education (CTE) in Mississippi. The biannual publication features students, educators, schools, and organizations from approximately 50 career pathways across 16 career clusters. This Mississippi Department of Education publication is produced by the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State University. Issues are disseminated in print and electronic forms in May and December each year.

To be added to the mailing list for future issues, please send your email address to helpdesk@rcu.msstate.edu.