Learning by doing

Wingo students do own Relay for Life

Wingo Elementary School students participated in a balloon release recently as the conclusion to their own miniature version of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life annual fundraiser. “Our reason for doing it was to give the kids an opportunity to experience Relay for Life and to educate them to simple things they can do to hopefully guard against cancer like sun safety, tobacco prevention, nutrition, and physical fitness,” said principal Sarah Saylor. Students walked laps like the tradition at an ACS Relay. They also purchased balloons in memory or in honor of someone who has battled cancer, similar to the luminaries at an ACS Relay. The walking area included posted cancer facts and was lined with smiley face balloons in memory of a Wingo teacher, the late Christy Wooley, who smiled often. Every child participated. Staff members, community volunteers, and high school students operated the various stations. “It was a truly special day for our kids to have a part in a Relay event!” Saylor concluded. “Wingo Elementary students and families raise extraordinary amounts of money each year for the Graves County Relay for Life and this gave the students firsthand experience with their own event modeled after the county-wide fundraiser.
(Photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)

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