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Art for awareness: Harris students step up to fight breast cancer

Friday, November 4, 2011

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Seventh graders Rosamaria Escobar (left) and Cory Sillasen (right) designed two of the buttons sold to raise money for breast cancer awareness at Harris Middle School. The project was led by sponsor Rebecca Soper (center).
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Eagle Power transformed into the Power of Pink last week at Harris Middle School.

The Harris Middle School Art Club sold buttons to raise awareness for breast cancer issues during lunch period and raised more than $500.

Some of the buttons carried student designs, while others were designed by art teacher Rebecca Soper.

This is the second year the school has hosted an October fundraiser. All proceeds went to the Susan G. Komen Race to the Cure.

The cause is personal to Soper, whose sister is battling the disease.

"Having such a successful fundraiser this year makes me very proud to be a part of the Harris family," said Soper. "From the students to the janitors and all the teachers and staff in between, we really have made an impact."

For her, it's not just about the money raised.

"The awareness goes so much further than the dollars," she continued. "Now, maybe a student or friend will encourage someone to get a mammogram, maybe someone will have an earlier diagnosis, maybe one of our students will go on to work in the research or medical field and find a cure -- there is no limit to what awareness can do."


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