Getting to Zero One Person at a Time

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West Babylon Senior High School students joined the global community by reflecting on and showing compassion for those suffering with HIV/AIDS on 2014 World AIDS Day. The auditorium stage became the center for dramatic arts, music and dance as students gave 18 performances to draw attention to this deadly disease that affects 33.4 million people throughout the world.

“We have tried to place the focus of the program on the positive and the accomplishments that have been achieved with this epidemic, as well as the advances that have taken place,” World AIDS Day program advisor Brianne Hyer said.

World AIDS Day was designated by the United Nations as a time for reflection and compassion. This year’s theme, “Getting to Zero,” was translated to the stage through the performances, as well as through student videos and featured artwork. A candle-lighting ceremony kicked off the event to symbolize the eradication of new HIV-related deaths and discrimination, the support of those infected by HIV, strength as a community to fight the disease and equal opportunities for those infected.

As written in the program, “Through education and a commitment to understand each other’s cultures, we hope to play a role, no matter how small, in serving as ambassadors of hope and good will.”