At 3pm on Wednesday, the day that would have been Stephanie Scott’s 27th birthday, many downed tools and picked up a cuppa to remember the bubbly Leeton teacher.
The family of Steph, who was murdered in May, urged people to take a few minutes at the stroke of three to mark her birthday.
Stephanie’s sister, Kim, remembered her younger sibling in a series of childhood photographs and a post on Facebook early in the day, before later asking people make a cup of tea at 3pm, the time Steph was born.
“Although you weren't a boy as dad first thought, we wouldn't have had you any other way. To say we were lucky is an understatement. To the girl who defines the word 'fun-loving', happy birthday,” Miss Scott posted.
“I'm so proud to call you my little sister. And although you may not be here, I'm sure you'll be sprinkling a few hundreds and thousands in heaven today.”
Miss Scott said she would make a book for her parents from the photo contributions.
Hundreds of people picked up their phones and snapped a photo of their afternoon cuppa, posting them to social media on Miss Scott’s Facebook page or using #cuppaforsteph. More than just a quick snap, many were accompanied by heartfelt messages for Steph and her family.
Pupils at Leeton High School wore yellow in memory of their beloved Scotty, following a request from the student representative council to the school hierarchy.
“It seemed a fitting day to honour the request from the SRC for a casual clothes event,” the school said.
“The school aimed to make it a low-key, “in-house” event just for the school community to celebrate Miss Scott’s great contribution to the atmosphere of the school and to the learning of the students that she taught.
“LHS acknowledges the sadness of her loss is eternal and extend its thoughts and prayers to her family during this week.”