Benton Hall Academy students took part in the elementary school’s second annual miniature Relay For Life on Friday afternoon.
The first grade class participated in five 15-minute miniature relay stations that taught students how to better protect themselves from cancer. Information included how to eat healthy, exercise, protect yourself from the sun and apply sunscreen and the benefits of staying tobacco free.
After the students finished all of the stations they took part in a one mile walk to remember those who have battled cancer as part of the tradition of Relay For Life.
Although the miniature relay was specific to first-graders, all of the school’s students were encouraged to wear purple, the color which represents Relay For Life. Students who were purple gave a 50 cent donation that will go to the American Cancer Society for research and treatment funding.
The school also raised funds through the sale of Relay For Life sun and moon logos. For a $1 donation students could write a message on the logo and have it displayed on a classroom window. Luminary bags were also sold for $5 and were displayed outside during the miniature relay.
“The bags will be relocated to the Herkimer County Relay For Life and will be lit on Saturday night at 9 p.m. at the official relay,” first-grade teacher Tracey Young said of the luminary bags.
All of the funds raised from Benton Hall Academy will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
Young is the captain of Team Haffner for the Herkimer County Relay For Life. Her husband’s uncle died from cancer three years ago. “By taking part in the relay I can help to make everyone, including my students, more aware of cancer and how to take the proper steps of prevention,” she said.
All of the earnings raised from Young’s team will be specifically donated to The Hope Lodge in New York City. The lodge is a place where families can stay while their loved ones receive treatment for cancer. Even though the lodge is hours away from the Mohawk Valley it holds a story close to home. Ilion resident Kayleigh Loupe was diagnosed with cancer and previously received treatment in New York City. Because of the Hope Lodge her family was able to stay close to her in her time of need.
Loupe is currently between treatment and surgery. On Thursday she attended the Run to Cure Kayleigh/The Mott Marathon at Ilion High School. Loupe showed her support by cheering on friends as well as designing T-shirts which featured an inspirational quote from Lance Armstrong. The runners and entire school community raised $4,565 for The Livestrong Foundation and The Hope Lodge.
The Herkimer County Relay for Life will take place from noon today to noon Sunday at Herkimer Elementary School.