Friday, January 11, 2013

My Little Cheerleader

Tonight Ashley was a mini maroon for Central.  She got to cheer and do a dance at half time.  In the Fall she was a mini maroon for football.  She loves it.
This picture was from Sunday's Clinic.  These lovely girls were my students at Franklin when they were in Junior High.  I am so thankful that they take Ashley under their wing.  Desiree ran XC for me!! 
 This is Friday night - Ms. Ashley has her eyes closed.
 Tonight was also Project Purple is an initiative of The Herren Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established by former NBA basketball player, Chris Herren, that assists individuals and families struggling with addiction. Project Purple was launched to break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse and shed light on effective treatment practices.
The Project Purple concept was developed when Chris spoke at a local high school in 2011 and the front row of students were wearing Purple shirts. After Chris shared his story, one of the purple shirts raised her hand and stood up to speak. As snickering and laughter could be heard throughout the auditorium, the student said “Thank you Mr. Herren for validating what we do. We are the sober students of this high school and each year we take a pledge to not use drugs or alcohol.” Chris was captured by the courage it took to not only stand up and share the symbolism of the purple shirts, but was inspired to make a difference amongst adolescents across the United States.
Tonight the gym was filled with purple shirts.  I even had my purple shirt on.
This is who Ashley thought was great all evening.
 Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

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