School shows support for teacher battling cancer

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DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) Students and teachers at a Daviess County school rally around one of their own recently diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sorgho Elementary School hosted a Pink Out to support physical education teacher Carla Clayton.

At Sorgho Elementary’s gym, Clayton teaches and motivates her students.

“She’s very enthusiastic and I would say she’s a very nice teacher to have. I just really like her as herself. She’s very encouraging,” says Sophia Obermann, a 4th grader at Sorgho.

“When we were doing a mile run before, she just, some kids like to stop, and she’s like, ‘You got this! You got this! Keep going!” adds Alona Garrison, a 5th grader at Sorgho.

But today, those students motivated her.

“It’s unreal, just the love and support. I don’t know what to say,” Clayton said after her victory laps.

Clayton took two victory laps, including one in a cart, as a surprise during the school’s pink out to support her as she prepares to start chemotherapy. Those laps with the students chanting her name left her speechless.

“Overwhelming. I don’t have any words,” she says. “My team is crazy and fun. But just I don’t even know if I can put it in to words. It was unbelievably overwhelming and total shock.”

Many students gave her hand made cards to show their support for her. Clayton is expected to be away from the school, and her students until early January as she gets treatment. But wants to return back to school and back to her energetic self.

“Keep being leaders and when I get back, I can just jump right back into things like nothing ever happened. That would be my hope, to treat me well,” says Clayton.

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(This story was originally published on October 16, 2019)

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