Liberty Ranch High School students will shed the creative costumes and set aside silly games for schoolwide rallies marking a somewhat somber cancer awareness day on Tuesday.
In the past, the Galt campus has celebrated a "pink day" in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, held nationally in October.
"(But) our campus has been hit by cancer in many different forms," said Becca Dennis, the school's activities director.
Last year, the school lost both a student and a parent to cancer, and this year another parent and student passed away, she said.
"We have also had several students' parents get diagnosed, or (who) have been fighting cancers, and not to forget the many staff members who have had parents or siblings deal with cancer as well," Dennis said in an email earlier this week.
After speaking with the Link Crew adviser Lyn Neumann, the leadership class decided to work together with yearbook students to hold the cancer awareness day rather than focus on breast cancer awareness alone. They want to bring awareness about all cancers and support survivors and victims.
To do this, all light poles on campus will be decorated with different color ribbons representing various kinds of cancers. Under the ribbons will be information on that type of cancer, such as warning signs and how to prevent it.
Teachers who donate to specific cancer organizations will also have their names placed on the poles, with the ribbon color matching the organization they support.
Additionally, large purple cloths will be hung from the roof down to the ground off the gym and library to support all victims and survivors of cancer, and chalked ribbons in different colors representing various types of cancer will be drawn on the main walkway leading into the quad.
Each ribbon will be labeled with the type of cancer it represents and students will be able to sign their names in support. A central donation can will also be available for students.
Students and staff will be asked to come wearing their color of support for the fight aginst a specific kind of cancer.
Additionally, organizers will be highlighting students Taylor Steele and Auralio Soria by having larger ribbons in their honor. Steele died in August 2011 of ovarian cancer, while Soria passed away last month after a short bout with what is believed to be leukemia.
Dennis said students are excited to partake in the day. "It will be interesting to see their reactions to the ribbons and the students dressed up in their color of support," she said.
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