POMEROY — Students at Meigs Elementary School recently took part in Relay for Life week activities to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Several activities were planned and conducted by the After School Kids program for all students in the school to participate.
The students came up with the activities and themes, decorated posters, read announcements throughout the school, and they sold and decorated 125 luminary bags.
Activities included a Read-A-Thon, kiss the pig contest, pie in the face contest, several raffles, education about types of cancer and prevention.
Through the Read-A-Thon, kids asked family and friends to sponsor them for reading in the month of March, through the Accelerated Reader program.
One teacher, who received the most money in their jar from Primary school and one from the Intermediate school, were to “kiss the pig” in the contest, but due to several ties, five of the six teachers signed up had to kiss the pig.
In addition, two teachers and Intermediate Principal Darin Logan were pied in the pie in the face contest.
Students learned about the importance of protecting their skin and using sunscreen, the harmful effects of smoking, and the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.
Students were given the opportunity to participate in theme dress up days with the last being the Relay Day. For Relay Day, each grade wore a different color representing the various types of cancer. The idea was inspired by the Meigs County Relay for Life theme of “Over the Rainbow.”
Students and staff walked during physical education classes around luminary bags in remembrance of those who lost their battle with cancer and the survivors!
Funds raised were donated to the American Cancer Society through the Meigs County Relay For Life which will be held on June 7 and 8 at the Meigs County Fairgrounds.