NORMAN — Walking on Sunshine is the theme for this year’s SHOUT week in Noble, when schools will join businesses and the community in the hope of sending a paralyzed student to rehab in Florida.
SHOUT stands for Students Helping Others Unite Together. Eveona Serrano, who was paralyzed from the waist down in an ATV accident during her ninth-grade year, is this year’s SHOUT week recipient.
Serrano, now a junior, aims to attend Project Walk, a spinal cord injury rehabilitation center in Orlando, Fla. Members of the Student Council at Noble High combined the walking and Florida motifs to form the SHOUT week phrase. They have a goal of raising $30,000.
“Eveona is very, very deserving of this,” said Kim Tabor, Noble High’s student council advisor. “She’s very inspirational when you meet her. She has a really good attitude. She’s really grateful for everything everyone is doing. She always wants to help.”
Members of Noble High’s student council banded together with other students to decorate the hallways with things Serrano enjoys. Tabor said various school activities include a dunk tank; a rock, paper, scissors competition; a culinary competition; dodge ball and basketball tournaments; a fashion show; a singing bee; pizza lunches; classroom money wars and a carnival.
A poker run is set for 10:30 a.m Sunday at Discover Church, 1002 Hamilton Drive in Noble, with the first bike out at 12:30 p.m. and the last bike out at 1 p.m. The run will end with the final bike in at 6 p.m. The cost is $25 per bike and $15 per passenger. Cars are also welcome. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places. There will be other prize drawings, as well as a free lunch.
The Rainbow Run 1 mile or 5K run is 8 a.m. March 22. It will begin and end at the corner of Etowah and Highway 77 at the Noble Public School marquee. Registration is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the race. Forms can be obtained at Your Way Nutrition, 301 N. Main in Noble, or at Curtis Inge Middle School. Prizes will be awarded to the overall male and female winners. Runners are invited to wear a white or mostly-white T-shirt and visit color stations along the route where tinted cornstarch will rain down to color their shirts. Runners and walkers will begin “looking like a brand new pristine coloring book and by the end, looking like they fell through the rainbow,” according to the flyer for the event.