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The real meaning behind Driscoll’s Blue Out

Driscoll students and staff wear blue bracelets and tshirts

Driscoll Middle School held its first ever ‘Blue Out’ on Friday to raise awareness for a cause that’s near and dear to Hailey Williams’ heart. 

When Hailey was in elementary school, her younger sister was diagnosed with Trisomy 18, or Edwards syndrome. Hailey’s little sister passed away shortly after she was born. 

Hailey is now an eighth grader. She pitched her idea for a ‘Blue Out’ fundraiser to her PALS teacher, Amy Calvet, and Principal Lori Murach. Once they were on board, the students got to work selling bracelets and t-shirts and making posters to spread awareness. 

Hailey holds her blue out t-shirt“When I started to realize that people don’t know what Trisomy 18 is, it made me want to spread awareness,” said Hailey. “I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. I thought it would be a good idea to have a blue out because that’s the Trisomy color. All the money goes back to the Trisomy 18 Foundation.”

On Friday, Driscoll turned blue as students and staff rallied around a cause that is extremely personal to Hailey. It’s a day she’ll never forget.  

“When you care about something so deeply like this, you’ll do whatever it takes to get it out there. I love being a part of something that’s making a difference in the community.” 

Raising awareness #theNEISDway

Posted by Lila Stanley
Posted on 3-24-23