Relay for Life supported at THS

TORONTO – Pupils and students from the city junior-senior high school and Karaffa Elementary School participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program May 16 by hosting mini-Relays for Life.

The principal and teachers created relay teams within the school, and each team selected a team name and color to wear for the relay, according to Maureen Taggart, high school principal and district communications coordinator.

“This year’s theme was superheroes,” said Taggart, adding both schools held their events the same day. “We measured a lap around the parking area that was equal to one-quarter of a mile. That’s what pupils and students walked.”

The event included four high school teams and four junior high school teams, Taggart said, adding the event took about 45 minutes.

“The high school raised $3,153,” she said, noting a variety of fundraisers were held throughout the year to raise funds, including a community breakfast with Jim Tressel, drawings and sales of bracelets, hair ribbons and signs.

“The top fundraising teams were Heroes for Hope, led by Eric Meek, Brian Perkins and myself,” Taggart said. “We raised $1,640, while the junior high team, called Knights for the Fight led by Amanda Speece, Tabitha Merideth, and Mindy Pittis, raised $377.50.”

Taggart said the the top high school and junior high teams were rewarded with a cookout during their lunch period Thursday.

“The top fundraising students were Sante Carducci and Erin Taggart,” she continued. “Each raised $50 dollars for the American Cancer Society and received a plaque to honor this achievement. We also wanted to thank Karen Lundquist and Connie Crawford from the Jefferson County Unit of the American Cancer Society for attending the Relay.”

Taggart said pupils at Karaffa raised about $1,530.

“At Karaffa they had pupils dress up as superheroes,” she said. “They also held a balloon launch at the end of their (event),” Taggart added.

The school’s Parent-Teacher Organizations helped cover the cost of materials so more profits went to the Cancer Society, Taggart added.

(Miller can be contacted at mmiller@heraldstaronline.com.)