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Ursuline Students Making 'Strides' to Start School

Seniors are eager to participate in the annual "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk" in October.

A year after becoming the high school to raise the most funds, seniors want to increase their total for the annual "Making Stride Against Breast Cancer" Walk" as they return to school this week.

Nearly 200 UA students joined the cause and raised $25,000 last year during the Boston walk, and the school was honored at a ceremony at the event.

Clad in blue and green plaid skirts and blue polo shirts, seniors said Tuesday that they are eager to begin fundraising for the October event.

"It is showing how much of influence we can be in such a huge fundraiser," said senior Alicia McNally, of Dedham.

Seniors rallied the rest of school during an early morning assembly that generated plenty of chatter and excitement amongst the sleepy-eyed population.

"It was a refresher for the students that were there [last year]," said McNally. "For the new students, it was showing them what everyone else can do."

Over the summer, students and faculty created a YouTube dance video to generate support for their drive, and encourage friends and family to donate to their team.

"That's a tool that they are going to use to fundraise," said Patrice Howard, UA director of communications. The video is a spin-off from a viral video created by hospital staff in Oregon.

The fall semester event allows the school of nearly 400 to come together for a common purpose and unite as a community, students said.

"It brings together the students as a community and allows us to get to know each other better while helping others," said senior Emily Sullivan, of Quincy. "We try to be as enthusiastic about it as much as we can."

More than that though, students learn a bit about helping those in need - and a couple student leaders said the walk means something to them on a personal level.

"Breast cancer runs in my family, so it is like supporting my own family by doing it," McNally said.

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