In Lincoln, one way to do that is through the Relay
Recess Day that benefits the Relay for Life of Logan County.
Students have a morning of fun activities while learning about
cancer and its causes. They also learn how to live a lifestyle that
will reduce their risk of contracting the disease. In addition to
all that, they enjoy taking part in school fundraisers that can be
simple or in some cases a little more complicated.
This year, the Northwest and Adams schools joined together for a
Relay Recess held at Northwest on Wednesday, May 29th. Students from
Adams were bussed to Northwest and arrived at 9 a.m. Then they
joined the Northwest students for an assembly in the gymnasium led
by Relay for Life volunteer Tammy Dietrich.
Early in the assembly Ms. Dietrich congratulated all
the students on their excellent fundraising efforts. Adams School
had raised just over $100 for Relay for Life.
Northwest School raised $1,235.42. This included $70 raised on a
teacher and staff Denim Day and $1,165.42 raised in the all-school
Dietrich explained the coin war. Students were asked to bring in
pennies or paper money to put in the collection container. For every
one cent in the container the classroom earned a point. However,
there was a twist. Students from other classrooms could come into a
room and place silver coins in the jar, and those coins took away a
point for every one cent.
Mrs. Murley’s class was the top earning in the coin war, and when
Ms. Dietrich made that announcement, the hoots and hollers in the
gymnasium echoed through the entire building. In the Coin War, Mrs.
Murley’s class earned 15,844 positive points ($158.44) and 7,055
negative points ($70.55). The net classroom points to the good then
ended up being 8,789, but the total money collected in the container
was $228.99. Ms. Abbott’s classroom came in second with only 238
points ($2.38) separating them from the winner to end with a total
of 8,551 points and a cash donation of $162.81.
Ms. Dietrich also said that her classroom lost. But, it wasn’t for
lack of trying very hard. Students put in 3,002 cents or $30.02.
However, the silver money placed in the container equaled 4,105
points against the class, putting their final total in the red zone
with a negative 1,103. However, the total dollars collected came to
$71.07, which was still a very commendable effort for the classroom.
Joining Ms. Dietrich at the front of the room was her
son John David. She said that over the years he has become very
invested in raising money for Relay for Life, and has participated
in Relay events when he was a student at Adams and now as a student
at Northwest. She called on John David to assist with the
recognition of survivors.
Before recognizing the survivors present, who work in the schools,
Ms. Dietrich asked for a show of hands, how many students knew
someone who has or has had cancer? A lot of hands went up, the
majority. However, Ms. Dietrich said that in the room, every hand
should be going up because there are cancer survivors working at
both Adams and Northwest Schools and those are people that all the
Then she introduced the school survivors while John
David handed each stems of purple flowers. From Northwest faculty
were Laura Ash, Debbie Freed and Matt Knight.
Left to right:
Debbie Freed, Laura Ash, Kayla Finley and Matt Knight
There were no faculty survivors present from Adams
School, but there was one special person who was recognized. Kayla
Finley is a parent of an Adams School kindergarten student. John
David presented her with flowers as well.
After the recognitions, it was then time for the students to split
up and go to a variety of activities both outside and indoors.
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Outside, students had three activity opportunities
including spinning the exercise wheel. The wheel was spun and when
it stopped on a particular exercise, the students were to
participate in the callisthenic. The first one was jumping jacks and
the next one was lunges. Some students didn’t know what a lunge was,
so their instructor led them in the exercise until they were all
able to get it down pat. The idea of exercise plays well into cancer
prevention because studies show that people who are physically fit
and exercise on a regular bases also eat healthier and avoid
unhealthy habits. The three actions combined help decrease the odds
that a person will get cancer.
In true Relay for Life form, other students were
walking laps. For many this was a fun event as they teamed up and
paired up with friends to talk, laugh and enjoy each other’s company
as they made their way around the track.
In another area of the playground an inflatable
obstacle course was set up. Students were having a great time
crawling through parts of the maze then climbing the ‘hill’ and
sliding down on the other side.
Inside the school another activity was coloring
cancer awareness pages that will be hung on the walls at the June
15th Relay event at the Lincoln Center at Lincoln College.
A large selection of cancer related and Relay theme coloring pages
were provided along with a guide to help students identify what
colors stood for a specific kind of cancer. Many of the pictures
featured the iconic ribbon associated with all cancers either as an
accent or the focal point of the picture.
Because the theme at the Relay of Life event this year is based on
the woks of Dr. Seuss, there were also pictures that featured the
well known ‘Cat in the Hat.”
And of course, no event is complete without a little
bit of food! Students had the opportunity to enjoy fresh bananas and
bottled water as a snack for the morning. Again, the idea of eating
healthy plays heavily into preventing cancer. The snack also plays
along with the CATCH program food themes that include Go, Slow and
Whoa. Go foods are fresh fruits and vegetables instead of sweets and
fatty foods, and choosing water or fruit juices instead of sugary
drinks and sodas.
All in all, it was a great fun day with lots of activities and
plenty of opportunities to learn about cancer prevention and living
a healthy lifestyle.
The Logan County Relay for Life event will be held June 15th at
Lincoln Center on the campus of Lincoln College. The day will begin
at 1 p.m. with a ribbon cut and the survivor walk and will end at
approximately 11 p.m. with a brief closing ceremony.
The public is invited to attend the Relay event that will include a
live auction, silent auction and other offerings hosted by the