It's cool. It's en vogue. And it's meaningful.
That's how students described Purple Pinkie Day Thursday afternoon at Lincoln Elementary School.
The annual event, which is brought to local elementary schools by Hastings' Rotary clubs, leaves its mark in the form of a purple stain painted on each student's little finger.
The marking mimics the method used by health officials in Third World countries to identify which children have received a polio vaccination during vaccination drives.
Erin Cafferty, a Hastings Noon Rotary Club member, headed Thursday's effort at Lincoln, assisted by six other Rotary volunteers. When all was said and done, 321 students in kindergarten through fifth grade were left a tad more purple and educated on polio vaccinations.
Volunteers visited briefly with students during the process, sharing the significance of the purple marking and thanking them for playing a part in eradicating polio.