Saks students hold pink-out for breast cancer awareness
by Brian Anderson
banderson@annistonstar.com
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Many students at Saks Elementary School wore pink today to raise awareness of breast cancer. Photo by Bill Wilson.
Many students at Saks Elementary School wore pink today to raise awareness of breast cancer. Photo by Bill Wilson.
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Christine Norris needed a way to make students aware of breast cancer. And she knew just the attention-grabbing outfit to get it.

The Saks Elementary School nurse today was dressed from head-to-toe in bright pink colors, including a tutu and a tiara.

“I don’t dress like this every day,” Norris said from her office today, explaining that a Calhoun County Schools official had already stopped in earlier in the day and commented on her interesting choices in fashion.

Norris had company in wearing pink today. Students and teachers at Saks Elementary were encouraged to dress in the color for the final week of breast cancer awareness month. today's pink-out provided a photo opportunity to spread the message in a month-long campaign to let students and teachers in Calhoun County schools know the facts about the disease, the second-leading cause of death for women in the United States.

According to the Breast Cancer Foundation, every year an estimated 220,000 women worldwide are diagnosed with breast cancer, and 40,000 die because of the disease.

Norris said while it’s easier to teach older students about breast cancer, many of her elementary students have been impacted by breast cancer. On the door of the school, some students had written, on slips of pink paper, the names of friends and family who were struggling with, or lost their lives to, breast cancer.

“This is my favorite one,” said Norris, pointing at a slip that simply read, “To all who have suffered or died from breast cancer.”

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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