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Sixth-graders have schoolmates thinking pink

Raising awareness

Posted: October 23, 2013 - 10:06pm  |  Updated: October 24, 2013 - 8:16am
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Bailey Leach pins a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon to Lane Smith Wednesday October 23, 2013 at Soldotna Elementary School.      Rashah McChesney
Rashah McChesney
Bailey Leach pins a pink breast cancer awareness ribbon to Lane Smith Wednesday October 23, 2013 at Soldotna Elementary School.

Two sixth-graders, Bailey Leach and Katie Creglow, left class Wednesday morning at Soldotna Elementary School to raise awareness about breast cancer.

They went from classroom to classroom with tiny pink ribbons, pinned for adults or older students and taped for younger students. The two gave a ribbon to any interested student.

The two found themselves helping several of the first-graders and second-graders with the ribbons and occasionally cajoling male students into wearing the “girly color.”

Several students throughout the school wore pink to honor victims of the disease.

They were encouraged to wear pink for breast cancer awareness month as the school is recognizing anyone who has been touched by cancer.

Severin Shangin showed off a head of temporarily-dyed pink hair in addition to his bright pink shirt.

Leach told inquiring teachers that it was important to show support to people who suffered from the disease and how much impact a diagnosis to a close family member or friend could have on a person.

“I was really excited that they took the initiative ... and created awareness,” said Teri Diamond, principal of Soldotna Elementary. “I was really thrilled with it.”

 

Reach Rashah McChesney at rashah.mcchesney@peninsulaclarion.com.

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