LMS wears orange to show support for student fighting Leukemia

Leal Middle School’s new student organization IMPACT encouraged everyone on campus to wear orange this week in honor of one of their own classmates who is currently battling leukemia.

LMS eighth grader Emanii Younasoughlou was recently diagnosed with the disease and is being treated for an eventual bone marrow transplant.

IMPACT student leaders Erick Perez, Ashley Espinoza and Ericka Solis created the “Orange Hearts for Emanii” campaign at school to increase leukemia awareness and show support for their friend.

“We wanted to bring attention to leukemia and support Emanii at the same time,” Erick said.

“Emanii isn’t able to come to school and see everyone, so it was important for us to find a way for Emanii to still be here at school even though she’s not here,” Ashley added.

A large number of students and teachers wore bright orange T-shirts and ribbons with positive messages as orange represents the color for leukemia awareness.

There are also banners with the message “Orange Hearts for Emanii” located in the LMS cafeteria and hallways.

“We made announcements all week, so it’s nice to see everyone wearing orange,” Ericka said.

This campaign is one of the first projects sponsored by IMPACT.

“We just started the organization with 18 students,” LMS teacher Ms. Olivia Robinson said. “IMPACT leaders also serve as mentors, student advocates and role models on our campus.”

Sponsored by Ms. Robinson and Ms. Sarah McGill, IMPACT will focus on building leadership and teamwork skills, as well as plan and implement a variety of activities on campus throughout the school year.

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