PIQUA — Students and staff had more than one reason besides St. Patrick’s Day to wear green on Friday.
Piqua City Schools held a district-wide Green Out in support of Shelby Lockhart, a fourth grader at Piqua Central Intermediate School (PCIS) who has been battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a cancer of the blood, for over two years.
PCIS first held a “Team Shelby” Green Out in December that was just at the school. Friday’s “Team Shelby” Green Out offered support not only from PCIS, but the teachers and staff members at other Piqua City Schools.
When the school was deciding when to hold this district-wide “Team Shelby” Green Out, St. Patrick’s stuck out as the perfect day to wear Lockhart’s favorite color: lime green.
“What a better day to do it than St. Patrick’s Day?” York said. “We had a lot of participation … a lot of support definitely.”
“It’s really nice,” Lockhart said about the Green Out on Friday.
Lockhart said that her friends are all supporting her, too. Lockhart likes to play sports like soccer along with other activities like hula hooping and jump roping. Lockhart has been enjoying the fourth grade, saying it’s “really fun.” This is also her first year at PCIS, which she is enjoying.
“It’s almost just like Washington (Elementary), but bigger,” Lockhart said.
York explained that at their first Green Out at PCIS, only the teachers had special t-shirts that said, “We can beat this together” in support of Lockhart. Then they decided to offer the t-shirts to students at PCIS and other teachers in the school district to purchase after a local company decided to make the t-shirts at cost for the school.
They sold around 300 t-shirts, with the extra money going to the Lockhart family.
“We didn’t want her to fight alone,” York said. “She’s got a whole district behind her.”
York and other school staff members and teacher have been able to connect with Lockhart, who always has a good spirit and a good attitude. York said that even when Lockhart is struggling, “she still is always smiling.”
“Shelby is an awesome girl,” York said.
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