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Porter Ridge Raises Awareness
Each year on World AIDS Day (December 1), events take place across the world to raise awareness and show support for people living with HIV. During the week of December 3rd-December 6th, many Porter Ridge High School clubs, including HOSA, FCCLA, GSA, African-American Heritage Club (Sankofa), Spanish Club, FBLA and Interact, worked together and hosted our school’s first World AIDS Awareness Week, December 3rd-December 6th, culminating in a Fitness Fundraiser Finale!
With the help of fellow Pirates during a week of scheduled events, Porter Ridge was “Painted Red!” In support of World AIDS Day, each assigned club had 1 or 2 members sit at a cafeteria table during each of the four lunch periods, December 3rd-December 6th and promoted the theme of the day.
On Monday, 12/3, the theme was “Cherish the memories of those who battled with AIDS around the world.” Red & White Peppermint candies were distributed to students and red ribbons were distributed to teachers and staff.
On Tuesday, 12/4, the theme was “Pledge to act and be aware.” Students took the pledge to “ACT/BE AWARE!” by signing a huge red ribbon that was hung in the student cafeteria.
On Wednesday, 12/5, the theme was “Celebrating progress achieved in the global response to HIV.” Twenty-four years of fighting the epidemic was commemorated with the observation of this accomplishment at 2:40pm by Principal Sam Basden.
On Thursday, 12/6, the theme was “Getting to Zero – Reducing fear & stigma.” To show solidarity with people living with HIV around the world, students and staff wore red clothing & “Painted Porter Ridge Red!”
As a finale of events, all of the clubs sponsored a fitness fundraiser (ZUMBA), with proceeds going to UNAIDS, an International AIDS Organization.
Porter Ridge Pirates ought to be proud of the collaborative spirit and hard work demonstrated, outside of the classroom, on behalf of World AIDS Awareness.
Written by: Sandra Hill, Sankofa Advisor
Posted: Jan 02, 2013 by April Dawkins