Lanier H.S. students pay tribute to former classmate

 Lanier High School students are hoping to bring awareness to depression.
This, after a fellow classmate committed suicide in 2013.
On Saturday they took their efforts to the community.

They're running in hopes of saving lives.
A depression awareness 5K run was held Saturday morning at Lanier High School by the students, for the students.
"We're trying to make a difference in our community, by our actions, showing people that we care," says Kimberly Corona, senior at Lanier High School.
Those involved with Health Occupations Students of America, chose to have this event after experiencing a sudden loss.
Fellow classmate Adrian Alvarez shot himself on school grounds in October of 2013.
It was then when they realized anyone can suffer from depression
"He was supposed to graduate this year and we think it's really sad that he had no one to go to," says Corona.
An incident they hope to prevent from happening again.
"It's been kind of eye-changing because you don't know until people come up and tell you. This person that you walk by every day, you don't know what they're going through. Just reach out to people and get to know people, and if people come to you for help, please help them. Don't take it as a joke," says Zuby Adamu, senior at Lanier High School.
With students showing this much support for the cause, it's made an impact on teachers.
"It's a great thing to see. I mean, every day we see students in class kind of encountering obstacles. A big part of being a teacher is giving them the tools to push through and have success. So to see a group of students, like Zuby, put something like this on, is really impressive," says Taylor Hawkins, Algebra teacher, Lanier High School.
There was also a community health fair inside the school, where games, health assessments and nutrition counseling were offered.
Putting everything together took a lot of hard work.
"We had to make a waiver, get that legalized. So there were a lot of things we had to do. We had to make sure everyone in the community knows. We went out to teachers, even went to elementary and middle schools and gave out flyers there. So it was a good turnout," says Sania Razzak, senior at Lanier High School.
They hope bringing awareness to depression will make a difference.

We're told all proceeds will be donated to the Communities in Schools program, to help provide mental health services to students at Lanier.

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