By Sophia Zhang and Laine Neufield

Hillcrest went Gold on Sept. 30, to raise awareness for children’s cancer. The American Childhood Cancer Organization encouraged community groups help shine the spotlight on fight against this terrible disease by hosting a gold themed event.

Sixth grader Makiyah Grant brought the idea of participating in National Children’s Cancer Awareness Month to Principal Stafford Thomas. Hillcrest’s community service club, SPOKES, helped organize the day. Students and staff dressed in gold; signs were posted throughout the school, and Lisa Edwards, art teacher, worked with students to decorate the sidewalks with gold ribbons. A gold ribbon sculpture hangs in front of the school to remind students and visitors year-round of the need to find a cure for the nearly 16,000 children that are diagnosed with cancer every year.

Hillcrest’s recognition of this cause resonated with students. Seventh grader Corrine Andrews shared, “One of the strongest people I know survived cancer, and I thought it was important we had a chance to do this.” Corrine’s classmate, Charlotte Erenberg added, “We normally support any cancer awareness, but this was special. We showed it on the outside.”