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The Los Jefes Chapter of the National Honor Society at Cotulla High School hosted its first ‘Pink Out’ 5k walk to help raise awareness of breast cancer and as a student fundraiser in Myers Memorial Stadium on Friday morning, October 15.
The event included scores of family and friends, community members, civic leaders, law enforcement officers and local government representatives walking the track in pink shirts or uniforms.
CHS Counselor Marlene Costley Maldonado said this week that she and her NHS students believe the event achieved its goals of bringing the breast cancer message to the community and rallying support for the teens’ awareness campaign.
Funds raised through ticket sales at the stadium will go towards an educational trip for the students, the counselor said. the NHS chapter hopes to repeat the event each year with ever-greater attendance.
Students hosting the event organized themselves as staff members, coordinated the walk and t-shirt distribution, and walked the track with their peers and with community members.
“It was a huge success with over 275 school and community members in attendance,” Counselor Maldonado said this week. “Breast cancer survivors and cancer fighters participated in the 5K and were presented with gift baskets from the National Honor Society.”
The Cotulla High School NHS chapter consists of six officers and 39 members. The organization will continue to host events for the community, Maldonado said. The NHS sponsor on the campus is Cindy Ochoa with assistance from Kathy Galindo-Garcia and the high school counselor.