Relay for Life has been a huge event in our community, and one of the teachers in our building made it an event even our students could participate in.
For 25 cents, students could purchase feet in honor or memory of someone with cancer; with all donations going to Relay for Life. It amazed me, in only five days, students had purchased enough feet to line the walls both upstairs and downstairs. The two homerooms (one from 4th and one from 5th) who raised the most money, had their homeroom teacher sumo wrestle the principal at the Relay Recess.
The Friday that we held the event was beautiful. Our principal ran the music. Students, teachers, community members, and survivors walked the path around the playground that had been lined with luminaries that the students had decorated. Throughout the playground centers were set up so that students could learn about healthy lifestyles.
Various laps were taken, some to the song, but none as moving as the survivors lap. 200+ students cheering on true heroes was priceless.
The afternoon ended with the sumo wrestling match. Our principal lost both rounds, to the many cheers of our students. Another Recess Relay event was planned for the 2-3 building as well.
Has your school done an event such as this? I'd love to hear about if you have. I know that my students loved taking part and that we are looking forward to making this event a tradition in our school!