Catholic school dresses down to raise money for breast cancer

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- At Our Lady of Sorrows grade school on South Kingshighway, Thursday might have been a dress down day, but it was all about raising money for a good cause.

"I was expecting 20-something dollars maybe, a quarter a kid and it's a lot more than I thought," says Lisa Granadillo, the organizer of the dress down day.  "I was overwhelmed when she gave me the envelope."

Normally the pre-k through eighth grade students here would be wearing uniforms. But Thursday they stood in unity to fight breast cancer.

"I was excited because we never getdress down days," says 7th Grader Biaggi Granadillo.

Biaggi Granadillo's mom Lisa came up with the concept to allow these catholic grade schoolers to ditch their uniforms and put on the pink, if they donated a quarter.

The money raised will go to help fight cancer, a subject this South St. Louis family knows all too well.

"My husband passed away from prostate cancer in May and I was diagnosed a month prior to him passing," says Granadillo.

There was pink everywhere you looked, from shirts to socks, even pink cupcakes.

And the 156 students raised $190, and figuratively the Granadillo family up on their shoulders.

"This school has meant more," says Granadillo.  "I can't even go how amazing the kids are in this school."

And that's how you lift spirits on a dress down day.