Healthy Living

ECMS holds Mini Relay to fight cancer


ECMS sixth grade students Jager Weddington and Tanner Floyd race in the inflatable bungee run at Tribe Hope’s recent spring Mini Relay for Life in support of the American Cancer Society. 

For the sixth year a team from East Coweta Middle School held a Mini Relay supporting the Relay for Life fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society.

The spring event involving students and staff was sponsored by the school’s Relay for Life team, Tribe Hope, said Wendell Warr, team captain. There were three different Mini Relay sessions during the day April 28, one for each grade level. The events were held during the grade level connection blocks. The seventh grade was first from 8:30 to 10 a.m.; the sixth grade was next, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and the eighth grade students took part from 2-3:30 that afternoon.

During each Mini Relay session, the students took to the track and walked around in a counter-clockwise direction, Warr said. “As they walked around the track, they had their choice of different activities,” he said.

For a small fee, the students could participate in: an inflatable bungee run, an inflatable obstacle course, a chance to dunk their favorite teacher in the dunk tank, crazy hair, a shout-out table, two concession stands, and snow cones from The Frigid Frog. There was a DJ playing their favorite music throughout the relay event.

In addition to raising money for the American Cancer Society, the Mini Relay event also sought to raise awareness and education about the disease, Warr said. To accomplish this, there were six question tables set up around the track where students could answer cancer related questions. If their name and correct answer were drawn, they won a free item from the concession stand

This year the ECMS Mini Relay raised a little more than $1,000, Warr said.

“Once again, this event proved to be popular with the students for the sake of sheer enjoyment, but also as a means to educate them about cancer and the need to join the fight for a cure,” he said.

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