EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Main Street businesses will be pink with ribbons, murals and other artwork when Schenck High School students aid cancer research on Oct. 1.

Called Windows for Awareness, the daylong event aims to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, said Linda Osborne, a resident and volunteer advocate for the American Cancer Society who lost her mother to cancer last year.

“I’ve gone around and asked businesses if it would be OK to paint their windows with breast cancer ribbons, words of encouragement and possibly a mural,” Osborne said Monday.

“I am hoping it will bring a positive light to the town,” she added. “Just about every single business in town with a window on Main Street has said yes. I haven’t had anybody say no to me.”

At least one of high school art teacher Rosemary Pooler’s classes will participate in the community service project. Osborne is paying for the acrylic paint and other art supplies herself, she said.

Volunteers are still needed, Osborne said, to chaperone the students while they work on the project.

“That way we can split them [students] up and cover more ground, get it done in a day,” Osborne said.

Any town business looking to have a window painted, any volunteers looking to help or anyone looking to make contributions to the project may call Osborne at 746-5951 or email her at lakemanl@yahoo.com, she said.

Players on the Stearns High School field hockey team were wearing breast cancer awareness shirts during their game warm-ups on Monday as part of Osborne’s efforts to raise awareness and funds, said her husband, Mike Osborne.