By Valerie Werkmeister
A few North Elementary School children may soon become national superstars in the fight against cancer. A new, special promotion of the American Cancer Society called, “Relay Recess,” will feature the youngsters’ pictures recently taken during a special photo-shoot on the school playground.
Relay Recess is an off-shoot of Relay for Life. It targets elementary schools and brings education about cancer to the classroom. It will teach kids what they can do to fight cancer through sun safety, being tobacco-free, being healthy through proper nutrition and physical activity.
Posey County Relay for Life was chosen for this special photo opportunity due to its long-time success and tremendous community support of this important project.
Nichole Pfeiffer Hicks, Director of Youth Initiatives for the Relay for Life Business Unit based in Atlanta, Ga. explained that the photos will be used on Relay Recess promotional materials that will be distributed nation-wide.
“I thought it would be really cool to recognize Posey County because it has always strongly supported Relay for Life and has been committed to its success,” Hicks said. She is also a former Mount Vernon resident.
Relay Recess was introduced last year and 1,000 schools participated in the campaign. Those schools helped raise $2 million in the first year! The program enables students and teachers with the opportunity to become superheroes in the fight against cancer. Much like Relay for Life, the students will celebrate those in their community that have battled cancer. Materials give teachers the training on how to talk to kids about cancer in an easy to understand language.
Fundraising activities help reinforce the importance of community service as well as being a team player.
“It’s just another way kids can participate and feel like they are doing something in the fight against cancer,” Hicks said.
Schools are asked to integrate at least one fundraiser and one day of activity. Hicks stated the best part for schools is the program’s flexibility. They are able to tailor it to their needs.
Funds raised at each school also goes toward meeting the annual goal set for each Relay team.
Schools interested in obtaining more information about Relay Recess should call 800-227-2345 or go online to www.relayrecess.org
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