Student groups at Reynoldsburg High School are hoping to see a sea of pink at the stadium when the RHS Raiders and the Pickerington High School Central Tigers meet Friday night.

Student groups at Reynoldsburg High School are hoping to see a sea of pink at the stadium when the RHS Raiders and the Pickerington High School Central Tigers meet Friday night.

It will be the Raiders' final home game.

Inspired by biology teacher Lori Phillips, who lost a friend to breast cancer last October, student clubs at Reynoldsburg High School have been busy this school year raising money for breast cancer research. They are asking everyone to wear pink to the Oct. 29 game.

Phillips said the "Pink Out" is intended to create an atmosphere signifying hope and strength for lives affected by breast cancer.

In addition to raising money for research, the RHS National Honor Society, Leo Club, student council, DECA and Key Club have been working raise awareness about breast cancer.

Phillips' loss inspired Evan Holliman, president of the Leo Club, and Caitlin Rigsby, president of National Honor Society, to organize a campaign to sell pink T-shirts for $7 each with the logo "Raiders Go Pink" on them to local residents, businesses, students, family and friends.

So far, the clubs have raised almost $4,000 this year. All proceeds are being donated to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer.

"The kids have spent hours and hours after school on this since the first couple of weeks of school," Phillips said. "They never suggested a goal of how much they want to collect, but they really want to raise awareness." Pink pompoms, beads and ribbons will be sold at various booths at Friday's football game. In addition, gifts cards from area businesses will be raffled off to raise money.

"This is the first time the clubs have worked together on something like this and it has been a huge success so far," Phillips said. "It's an important topic for them and it's such a huge testament to these kids that they've taken it seriously and maturely and realize what an important cause it is.

"I'm 35 years-old and for me, in high school, I would have never been mature enough to take on a project and try to raise money, especially to the tune of $4,000 for an organization like this," she said.

Phillips said although October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the students will continue their fundraising and awareness efforts for the rest of the year.

She said anyone wanting to donate money can drop off their contributions at the high school's front desk.

In addition, a Raiders Go Pink Facebook page was created that Phillips said supporters are encouraged to join.