By Johnny Jackson
The drive to raise funds for cancer research will continue into next week, and beyond, at one area elementary school.
Flippen Elementary School in McDonough will host its first Mini Relay for Life to support the efforts of the American Cancer Society. The event follows this weekend's Henry County Relay For Life, whose motto is "Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back."
Organizers of the countywide Relay expect to raise nearly $500,000 for cancer research this year.
Organizers at Flippen hope to raise more the $1,000 in their school-wide Relay for Life walk on Thursday, May 8. The walk is the school's culminating event of a week's worth in fund-raising activities.
"We set a goal of $1,000, but have already collected over $800, and we've not had the Relay," said Lisa Henriquez.
She said the school has planned daily activities that highlight cancer awareness and help educate students on how to stay cancer free.
The school's student Relay team, for instance, has created video public service announcements about staying cancer free. The videos will air throughout the school each morning next week.
On Monday, the school will host a "Stay Tobacco Free" poster contest. On Tuesday, the school will have activities related to healthy eating, in which students and faculty are asked to bring a nutritious snack to school.
Sun Safety Day will be held on Wednesday, when students and faculty will be permitted to wear sunglasses for $1. The proceeds will go toward the Relay fund-raiser.
After the school's culminating Relay event on Thursday, everyone at the school will be asked to continue their support on Friday, which will be called "Stay Active Hat Day." Then, those who donate $1 to the American Cancer Society will be able to wear their favorite hat.
"I think it is important to teach our students ways they can make healthy choices to stay cancer free," Henriquez said. "Most, if not all of our students and teachers, have been touched by cancer. Many have seen parents, grandparents, or friends struggle through operations and chemotherapy. This is a way they can 'celebrate, remember, and fight back.'"
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Flippen Elementary School: www.henry.k12.ga.us/fle