Pulaski Elementary School students took to the walking track on a sunny Friday afternoon to do their part in raising funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s Pulaski County Relay for Life.
PES has participated in fundraising for Relay for the past seven years, each year reaching their goal of being the top fundraising school in the area, and according to Michael “Scotty” Scott, a PES physical education teacher, they’re going for the same goal again this year.
“We have a reputation as a school that cares,” said Scott. “We want to do our best by showing that we’re out to beat cancer.”
The event broke students into groups divided by grades and took to the track to walk, or run, after having raised funds through a multitude of ways. One pair of sisters, Emma and Ella Hoback, contributed a considerable sum to the cause.
“My grandfather died two years ago,” Emma said. “He had to go to North Carolina and my uncle had to move there with him.”
She said she raised the money for Relay for Life in honor of her late grandfather, and beamed when she announced the sum. “We raised $800,” she said. “We raised $400 by ourselves, and my mom works at Xaloy and she matched it, so we got $800.”
John Farris, one of Pulaski County’s Relay for Life committee members, said the event is an important way to teach children about cancer. He commented that in the two weeks since the kids were presented with fundraising materials they had been raising money in high gear, some of them saving pocket change in water bottles.
“It helps them get knowledge of all different types of cancer, and how we can raise money to prevent and treat (cancer) not only in older people…but also in younger kids,” said Farris. “A family I know had a son who recently died of cancer and he was two years old. That’s the reason I work for Relay.”
Farris said people who want to help out the cause to approach businesses, friends, neighbors and organizations to seek donations. Meanwhile the day rolled along and another group of eager students made their way to the track for their turn at Relay Recess.
“I think our children’s efforts have been outstanding,” said Assistant Principal Michael Greco. “I’m very proud of the amount of money they’ve brought in. I’ve been pleasantly shocked and just totally impressed with the effort they’ve put in, thinking about other people. A lot of them are also thinking about family members who have battled cancer or have succumbed to cancer, so it’s a great day for the battle against cancer.”
Greco said he knows some of the children’s families will be out supporting the cause at the upcoming Relay for Life event May 17-18 at Randolph Park in Dublin.