Students don gold for cancer awareness

By NIKKI SMITH,

Elementary students at the Petal School District gathered in memory of one of their classmates as a part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Last year, the Petal Board of Aldermen passed a resolution designating Sept. 11 Toni Marino Day in the City of Petal.

Toni was a Petal student who died months ago after battling cancer.

According to Superintendent Matt Dillon, Marino did not lose her fight to cancer, but the side effects of her treatments.

To celebrate Toni and raise awareness for childhood cancer, Petal Primary School and Petal Elementary School students participated in a walking field trip to the Petal High School Football Stadium.

Students and teachers wore gold in honor of childhood cancer.

At the stadium, they cheered Toni’s name and took group photographs in her memory.

National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is observed each September. Petal School District was asked to “Go Gold” in honor of that.

“We never want to forget her,” said Dillon. “We want them to know that we still stand with them.”

Dillon said it was nice to see the excitement on the teachers’ faces.

“It was a special time,” he said.

“We wanted to recognize the legacy she has left on the Petal community,” Dillon added.

Toni’s mother, Lacy, was included via Facetime to show that the Petal School District still has Toni in mind.