During the month of October, Grambling High and Grambling Middle Schools participated in several activities to help increase awareness of breast cancer.
The highlight of the activities was a luncheon for breast cancer survivors held in the Grambling Middle School Parent Center. The theme of the luncheon was Tackle Breast Cancer.
Seven survivors attended. They are Sandra Cooper, Mary Hoover, Shirley Hopkins, Glenda Howard, Brenda Lewis, Rixie Thompson and Viola Wiley.
Howard, curriculum coordinator, organized the luncheon. She said Bank of Ruston partnered with them in this effort to tackle breast cancer. In conjunction with Project Achieve, which is a parish-wide promotion, the schools do a celebration, and the luncheon was a way to give back to the community and to honor breast cancer survivors.
“It was important to honor them and show we care and are concerned. It was a light-hearted, social affair, recognizing the survivors. The survival speaks for itself, so there was no need to talk about their illnesses. We wanted them to bond with other survivors,” said Howard, who has been a survivor for over 20 years.
Miss Grambling High, Kyrah Hill, members of her royal court and president of the student council, Fabian Carter- Randle, served as hostesses and host. The court members who participated are as follows: Miss Senior, Raegan Nation; Miss Junior, Tiaron Ford and Miss Sophomore, Ke’Rodjany Goldsmith.
Carter-Randle said he enjoyed the activity because he enjoys giving back to others.
“I think when young people give back it makes them and the people they help feel good. Sometimes people don’t understand what breast cancers survivors have gone through. This luncheon focused on what is going on now,” said Carter-Randle.
Those who helped Howard to coordinate the luncheon are luncheon Melanie C. Thomas, Kia Deloney, Howard and Debra Wright. Athletic Field Worker, a Grambling Middle School sponsor, provided the food. The Dr. Michael A. Hunter Foundation furnished souvenirs, door prizes and a cake.
Howard said, “The ladies were very complimentary and they really enjoyed it.”