Faculty members, students and even the school mascot wore pink in a show of support for local breast cancer survivors.
The cheerleaders’ new uniforms included kneesocks with pink ribbons emblazoned on them as well as “Black Out Breast Cancer” T-shirts that were recently sold by the Cordova Fire Department.
Students at CHS spent the past week raising funds for the cause of breast cancer awareness.
Principal Kathy Vintson said they paid $5 each day to break the school’s dress code by either wearing sweatpants, basketball shorts or hats.
During the pep rally, the school presented a check for $1,000 to Kelli Adkins, wife of Walker County Schools superintendent Jason Adkins and a former teacher at CHS.
Adkins was diagnosed with breast cancer in September.
“Mrs. Adkins, Cordova High School loves you. We support you. We believe in you, and we are going to be praying for you,” Vintson said.
The check was made out to Team Kelli, which was formed by Adkins’ co-workers at the Walker County Center of Technology, where she is a career counselor.
The funds will be donated to a breast cancer research organization of her choice.
Adkins thanked everyone who has rallied around her following her diagnosis.
“It’s emotional to be in this situation anyway, but when I look around at all of the people who are willing to put themselves in a role of encouragement for me, it is overwhelming,” Adkins said. “I love this community. It is full of grit and passion and humanity. I love it and am so proud to be a part of it.”