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Middle School Students Wear Orange for EastonSubmitted: 09/07/2012
RHINELANDER - Pink for breast cancer, red for heart disease, yellow for mental health - and now, orange for Easton.

James Williams Middle Schoolers wore orange in support of eighth grader Easton Senoraske today.

Easton is out of school because of leukemia treatments.

His classmates want him to know they're behind him every step.

"I think he's pretty bummed out, knowing that he's going through a tough time and he probably just wants to smile a bit," said student council president Jonah Zarda.

"I think he's going to be happy to know we haven't just completely forgotten about him and we still support him and want him to get better as soon as possible," said student council ambassador Angie Timm.

Teachers and administrators wore orange, too. But the idea came from the students.

"It's heartwarming to see that they don't need an adult to direct them to what is a good thing to do and how to support somebody," said teacher Beth Bloom. "I know that it's coming from their hearts, and they talk to each other - they're a strong student body, and they're ready, willing and able to do it. It's wonderful to see."

I don't know if Easton's watching this or not, but if you are - just stay strong. You'll get through this," Zarda said.

Easton will have more to watch soon - the students are planning a video diary to keep him in the loop.

Story By: Lex Gray

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