Wyalusing Elementary Students Raise Money and Cancer Awareness for Relay for Life
By Kelly Cole
There was reason to celebrate at the Wyalusing Elementary School this past Thursday, May 31. The student body had been raising money since January for the Relay for Life. They held multiple fundraisers to reach this mark: Jean Day, Hope bracelets, raffle baskets, Uncle Jerry’s, Wacky Wednesdays and the Piggy Bank to end with a total of $3,607.37.
In appreciation of their hard work, students were able to enjoy a carnival that had been set up by their teachers and volunteers. To keep with the carnival spirit there was popcorn and popsicles to snack on. Stations were set up throughout the playground where the children had more than enough options to choose from. Football toss, musical chairs, limbo, sponge toss, fortune telling, golf putting, face painting, car racing, and an obstacle course are just a few of the choices they had.
Relay for Life is the main volunteer driven fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. Since its origination in 1986 by Dr. Gordon Klatt in the United States it has spread to 21 countries and has raised over $3 billion dollars. Though the primary goal for Relay is to raise money for cancer research and cancer patients, events help spread cancer awareness,celebrate survivors and remember those who have lost their lives to cancer.
This was the last fundraiser to be held for the Wyalusing Elementary School, as they will be heading off to the new school in the fall. It also worked out well that the carnival could double as an end of school hoorah for the students.