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Roughly 150 Canbyites and students took to the streets Thursday evening to call for unity and acceptance of diversity in the community

Thursday night's Unity Rally in downtown Canby was organized by a pair of Canby High School groups -- the ASB student leaders and MEChA, the school's Latino student club. GREG DINSE - Canby High students and Canby residents descend on Wait Park Thursday night to bring attention to Canby's need to be unified and celebrate its diversity. The Unity Rally began at the library.

Their respective staff advisors, Isabeau Waia'u Walker and Leticia Angel, offered support to the students organizing the effort.

"Organization and student activity was conducted outside instructional hours like most other student activities," noted CHS Principal Greg Dinse.

The rally started shortly after 5 p.m. at Canby Public Library with several speeches. Then student and community members marched through downtown Canby and finished at Wait Park.

Canby Mayor Brian Hodson and student leaders addressed the crowd, estimated at about 150. The rally was capped by the CHS choir singing a number of diversity/ethnically inspired songs.