As the sun rises over the trees, staff and students at Leon High take a step forward after the death of beloved teacher Marsha Click.
"For us to try and bring some closure and say good-bye was important for our students and our faculty that's why so many showed up here this morning," said Principal Rocky Hanna.
Marsha Click lost her battle with breast cancer, and now these Leon Lions walk in her memory for twelve minutes, representing each year she battled the disease.
"It was emotional with the music and sunrise, but very appropriate for a lady who was one super duper teacher, mentor and friend," said Sheila Melton, a co-worker with Click.
Click was a Diversified Cooperative Training teacher at Leon High school for 26 years.
When talking to students the words, determined, spirited and courageous were often used to describe their teacher.
"Mrs. Click was a part of our family and we don't want to let go of that," said Megan Chestnut, a student at Leon.
Click was known for always rallying behind her students.
"She was always the first to get everybody rallied up at breast cancer walks, any kid of school function, pep rally or anything,” said Elizabeth Nabarro, a lifelong friend of Click.
"Marsha was such a wonderful lady. She represented what's best in humanity and made each of us truly inspired to become better people," said Hanna.
The flag flies at half staff, and the school day moves forward but Marsha Click will always be a part of Leon High.
Visitation will be held from 7-9 Friday evening at the Bevis Funeral Home on North Monroe Street, and a memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at the Faith Presbyterian Church on Meridian Road.